The purpose of this post is to make the readers aware of a new, satellite print and drawing fair a small group of dealers have arranged in New York between November 5 and 7.
First, some background.
The Annex Galleries was one of a group of about 20 Fine Print dealers from around the country who began doing fairs aimed at the collector and the curator. The first fair in New York was held in a school in Manhattan about 25 years ago and, the next year it was held at the Armory at 643 Park Avenue . That little adventure evolved into the International Fine Print Dealers’ Association (IFPDA) 20 years ago. The IFPDA now has 168 international members and plays a major role in the fine print world.
The Annex Galleries has been a member since its inception and has participated in all the IFPDA fairs as well as numerous small print fairs around the country: Washington, DC; Cleveland; San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle to name a few. But New York is the Big Apple and, in the last few years, the Print Fair has also evolved, it is much larger and more elegant and a showplace for the finest and rarest prints in the market. Many of the auction houses hold their print auctions during this time and the curators and collectors arrive from around the world. The IFPDA has founded Fine Art Print Week in New York which highlights print related activities during the IFPDA Print Fair, which this year will be open from Wednesday, November 3 through Sunday, November 7.
But, I have found a number of my clients and a few of the curators have become overwhelmed by the variety and size of the Print Fair in the Armory and had stopped attending after experiencing overload. This, plus the increasing cost of doing a one week show in New York (we count the set up and the shipping the day after) and we had opted not to participate last year. I found a number of my colleagues were in a similar situation and, after investigating possible options we have put together a more intimate, salon-style exhibition, more like the original fairs. The concept is to have a broad spectrum of prints both in importance and in price ranges so that everyone who came with a serious interest in print collecting could discover a jewel and learn about new works and artists at the same time.
All the participating dealers have websites and will be able to show inventory beyond what they are exhibiting as well as help the clients familiarize themselves with their sites and ordering prints from the websites.
The location we found is at the Lighthouse on 59th Street between Lexington and Park – a great location. There will be about 25 dealers exhibiting prints AND drawings and other works on paper. If you can attend, please do. If you can’t, pass the word on to someone you know who might be interested. This is a great opportunity for printmakers and art history students to get a chance to see works up close and compare techniques or impressions, critique work by artists who are in the history books and many who, though just as good, have not yet had their day.
Here are the details:Lighthouse Way Fine Print & Drawing Fair
November 5 – 7, 2010
* Friday Preview Party, November 5th 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
* Saturday, November 6th 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
* Sunday, November 7th 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Place: Lighthouse Executive Conference Center, 111 E. 59th Street (at Park Avenue), New York, NY 10022
Presented by Art International/OSAT Co.