This weekend, the International Fine Print Dealer’s Association (IFPDA) is holding its 20th annual Print Fair in Manhattan, at the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue at 67th St.). During the fair, print dealers who are members of the IFPDA set up booths in the Armory and display fine art prints by the artists they represent.
The fair is known for including works covering all periods of printmaking history. Collectors and other art aficionados can visit the fair and see a huge range of prints, including old master woodcuts by artists like Albrecht Dürer, 19th century Japanese block prints by Utagawa Hiroshige and others, screenprints and lithographs by modern artists such as Andy Warhol or Max Beckmann, and contemporary prints made within the last few months. This year’s fair includes almost ninety dealers from North America and Europe.
VCS student Shannon Broder will be at the fair over the weekend, working in the booth of Diane Villani Editions, a contemporary print dealer who has been in business since 1980. Shannon is a talented printmaker, and over the summer she handled the printing for a new set of five etchings by artist and VCS faculty member Amy Wilson that will be on display in the Villani Editions booth.
As part of the lead up to the fair, Jersey City writer Brendan Carroll interviewed Wilson for a profile in The Jersey City Independent, a local alternative paper. Carroll’s piece just went up online, and you can read it here. In addition to talking about the Print Fair, the piece also includes a lot of general information about Wilson, her career as an artist, and her advice for young artists who are just starting out.
The IFPDA Print Fair is open to the public, and runs through Sunday evening. Tickets are $20 for the general public, and $10 for students with ID. More information is available at the Fair’s web site. If you’re interested in prints and would like a chance to see tens of thousands of them in one place, it’s well worth a visit.