Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair

We were lucky enough to be invited to the 2012 Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair. It was a delightful event organized and hosted by the Baltimore Museum of Art. This fair, unique in its focus, over-flowed with amazing work presented by top-notch publishers and printers.

Oh, and we gave a talk about… Printeresting!

To see the many, many, many photos of this exciting print fair, follow the jump!

The show stopper special guest of the Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair 2012 was Trenton Doyle Hancock. The Houston-based multi-disciplinary artist engaged in a knock-down, drag-out conversation with Ann Shafer, Assistant Curator of Prints at the BMA. In addition he produced a sweet screen-printed, letterpress poster with MICA students using the Globe Collection (seen here). And the BMA displayed a suite of Hancock etchings from the museum’s collection titled, Bye and Bye (9 Sad Etchings). You can see the suite above and a detail of one image below (and boy are they sad).

The rest of this post will descend into image overload. We were blown away by the new work at the fair presented by many of our favorite printers and publishers. By inviting a smaller group, the BMA allowed each publisher more space, making this event less like a print fair, and more like a salon-style exhibition. We got a bit trigger happy with our cameras and took a ton of pictures. We did our best to annotate the images correctly (we know you’ll let us know if we didn’t), but besides that, we’ll try to get out of the way and let you see the latest of what’s happening in the world of the professional print workshops.

Robert Blackburn Print Workshop

Paulson Press

Durham Press

Manneken press (above right), Tamarind on the far wall.

Justin Quinn’s latest work at Manneken Press (above)

Rupert Deese at Manneken (above)

Sarah Smelser at Manneken.

Shark’s Ink

(sorry these are a bit blurry)

Don Ed Hardy lithograph by Shark’s Ink

Tandem Press (above) and Tamarind Press (below)

Master printer playing cards?

 Some of the nice folks at Tamarind (above)

Amy Cutler at Tamarind (above)

Western Exhibitions’s display was especially exciting and full of excellent work, much of which was new to us.

 Carolina Nitsch (below)

High Point Editions

Rob Fischer intaglio/screenprint at Highpoint Editions (above)

Carter screenprint at Highpoint Editions (above),
and Brodsky Center, Rutgers University (below)

Goya Girl Contemporary (above and below)

Jim Kemper Fine Art (above)

Clay Street Press (above) and Carroll & Sons Art Gallery (below)

Carroll and Sons had a great selection of prints and editioned objects. The text from the print above reads: “The internet tends to make me feel bad about myself.” …hmmm.

Gemini G.E.L. (below)

Baldessari at Gemini G.E.L. (above)
and Graphicstudio- Usf (below), had some great prints and objects.

Graphicstudio busted out this amazing edition of Trenton Doyle Hancock church fan/tombstone’s from his show at the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa.

Iva Gueorguieva at Graphicstudio

As part of the Fair we were asked to give a lecture on the Printeresting project and the state of print. Seeing our giant heads on the big screen was enough to bring tears to the eyes of… well, nobody actually.

The lecture hall was an impressive space to give a talk. And we should add that this photo was taken before the talk; a lot of people eventually filled the space, causing Jason’s knees to knock and making Amze’s voice crack.

We also want to give a shout-out to all the B’more print folks who made us feel so welcome. The list includes many, but we need to single out the folks in the Prints, Drawings, & Photographs collection at the BMA for a big thank you! As well as: the faculty at MICA, the friendly faces at Baltimore Print Studios, and Litho Shop (who through a fun soiree and gave away tons of these sweet 3-D Bill Fick posters, below).

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5 Responses to “Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair”

  1. It really was a great print fair, and the Printeresting talk was very, well… Printeresting.

  2. Anne Slattery says:

    Correction: The artist in the Tamarind booth was Amy Cutler (not Anne). Thanks for saying hi at the fair and giving such an exciting presentation Sunday morning!

  3. amze says:

    Thanks for catching the typo, Anne. It was great seeing you and the Tamarind posse on the East coast.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Who is the artist with work pictured before the caption “Carolina Nitsch (below)”? (The piece picturing a melting face). It’s fantastic!

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