IFPDA Print Fair Preview Party!

Shoutout to the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) for hosting one hell of a print party last night.

Welcoming bougie scenesters, cool collectors and the finest of press reps to have a sneak peek at this year’s Print Fair setup; the IFPDA sets up shop in the grand Park Avenue Armory for #PrintWeek in New York City. Having arrived late to the preview party and around 7:30 p.m., I sped around the many booths displaying print media by the likes of heavy-hitter artists including  James Turrell, Richard Serra and a bunch of old masters for the traditionalists out there. There was a lot of buzz about Pablo Picasso, and speaking of buzzes there was a serious Open Bar happening. Having witnessed several wobbling patrons and spreads of greasy finger foods, I couldn’t help but toy with the idea of print disasters occurring featuring red wine and greasy fingers in the presence of paper.

Moving along, this year’s IFPDA Print Fair features around 90 exhibitors displaying an array of traditional and experimental prints, with a few nods towards book arts here and there, and some sculptural elements to boot. This is the big time folks, so all you DIY-ers and punk printers might not find anything in your price range here.  Taking place November 6th – 9th, the IFPDA Print Fair welcomes audiences of all ages and encourages kiddie attendance with their featured EYE Spy program. Encouraging children and youth to partake in a sort of scavenger hunt within the IFPDA Print Fair setup, participants will search for a series of six images at the fair and try to collect stamps from participating dealers. Well played, IFPDA.

HERE ARE SOME VISUAL HIGHLIGHTS  FROM THE EVENT:

"Untitled" by Dario Escobar. Published by Mixografia.

“Untitled” by Dario Escobar. Mixografia print on handmade paper.

"Three Stripe Hand Towell (with stain)" by Analia Saban. Published by Mixografia.

“Three Stripe Hand Towel (with stain)” by Analia Saban. Mixografia monoprint on handmade paper.

 

Mixografia (Cali) has a sweet setup showcasing their trademarked process of producing somewhat three-dimensional prints utilizing paper pulp and mad platemaking skills. Contemporary and cutting edge, alternative and open to new discourse; this booth really stood out to me as far pushing the envelope in print goes. Smooth use of paper pulp.

Paragon Press (London) is showing the print below by Anish Kapoor and if you’re a Damien Hirst fan, you can drool over his prints at their booth too.

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One of the “Fold Series” prints by Anish Kapoor. Published by Paragon Press. Etching.

 

Here’s some of that conceptual smart-ass work I so very love, published by Poligrafa Obra Grafica (Barcelona). Featuring several works by artist Matias Faldbakken (see below), the Poligrafa booth is wide and wonderful.

One of the "Flatbox" series prints by Matias Faldbakken. Published by Poligrafa Obra Grafica.

One of the “Flatbox” series prints by Matias Faldbakken. Published by Poligrafa Obra Grafica.

 

And for you more graphic-oriented folks, here are some shots from Chitra Ganesh’s “Architects Of the Future” series presents and published by Durham Press (PA). When I asked print fair coordinators to steer me in the direction of something more ‘punk’, they led me here and rightfully so.

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“City Inside Her” by Chitra Ganesh. Screenprint and woodblock published by Durham Press.

"Intimacy Of the Void" by Chitra Ganesh. Screenprint and woodblock published by Durham Press.

“Intimacy Of the Void” by Chitra Ganesh. Screenprint and woodblock published by Durham Press.

 

More photos to come. STAY TUNED…

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One Response to “IFPDA Print Fair Preview Party!”

  1. Amze Emmons says:

    Thanks Julia!
    Keep it coming!