A newcomer to the Paris drawing week, the Paris Print Fair, a fair dedicated to prints, offers us a first quality edition.
This week, drawing, and more broadly the work on paper, is celebrated in Paris (see our articles on Drawing Now and D Dessin). With 19 specialized galleries from France and Europe, Paris Print Fair puts prints in all their forms in the spotlight. In the beautiful setting of the refectory of the Couvent des Cordeliers, this human-sized salon offers both wonderful discoveries and the possibility of admiring the masters. Of Last to Bernard Venet Passing by Rembrandt, Zao Wou-Ki, Hokusai Where Paul Signacassociated with contemporary artists, the selection of all the galleries of the show allows us to have a wide panorama of engraving.
Yes Pablo Picasso and Henri Riviere are widely represented at the show in a kind of common transversality, each gallery has its specificity. The Viennese gallery Bei der Oper, for example, offers us a selection of Japanese prints, all engraved on wood, ranging from the Edo period with the great Hokusai and Hiroshigeup to the present day with Nishijima Katsuyukipassing through the magnificent works of the beginning of the 20th century by Kawase Hasui Where Koitsu Tsuchiya. Let’s not forget either the artists of Japonism such as carl moser Where Bertha Lumframed in delicate frames with rounded corners made by artisans in Kyoto.
The big names we meet on the various stands, Buffet, Bacon, Giacometti, Canaletto, Rembrandt Where Lorrain, highlight that many artists, known for their paintings, also practiced printmaking, whether lithography or etching. At Helmut H. Rambler (Frankfurt), the selection of etchings and burins from the 16th and 17th centuries transports us to a whirlwind of delicate and precise details, for prints of exceptional quality. We can also admire at Jurjens Fine art (Amsterdam) magnificent woodcuts by Lastwith a fascinating modernity.
To contemplate modern artists, head to Le Coin des Arts (Paris), Libretis (Paris) or MF Toninelli – Monaco (Monaco), where artists display an inclination for lithography and its bright colors. The fair also gives us a varied insight into contemporary practice. At the Document 15 gallery (Paris), Nicolas Pignon and Ariane Fruit present large format linocuts in a very graphic black and white, when the Sagot-Le Garrec gallery (Paris) makes us discover Lise Follier Morales and its flowers in colorful linocuts in all shades. At Nathalie Béreau (Paris, Chinon), the eye is drawn to the wall jewels of Michael Cailloux, copper dies delicately cut and transformed into works after being printed. Note also the works of Bernard Alligand made thanks to the aquagravure process, specific to the workshop of the gallery L’Estampe (Strasbourg), where the work is created at the same time as the paper is made.
Finally, a tour of the stand of the association Les Amateurs d’Estampes will allow you to meet its president Joseph de Colbert, who will share with you his passion for prints, his desire to make it known to as many people as possible and to bring together artists, amateurs and collectors around a rich and abundant practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover or deepen your knowledge of printmaking, you will be amazed by its variety and richness.
Paris Print Fair
From May 19 to 22, 2022
Refectory of the Convent of the Cordeliers – Paris
Visuals: 1- Ariane Fruit, Canadian Trance – III, 2020. Linocut on Magnani paper. Edition of 25 proofs. 58.1 x 94.2cm [70 x 100 cm]. © Galerie Documents 15, 2022 /2- Couvent des Cordeliers, Courtesy of L’Image Contemporaine 3 / 3- Michael Cailloux, Manthis religiosa, 2010. Cut-out, copper engraving, leather and gold engraving 1?. Wall jewel, 20 x 24.5 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Nathalie Béreau / 4- Albrecht Durer, The Visitation, 1503. Sheet 9 of The Life of the Virgin, 1503-05. A print proof. Woodcut, 30 x 21.1 cm (sheet); 29.9 x 21.0 cm (plate). Monogram lower center: AD (interlace). Ref. Meder 196 I (III/g); Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 174 I (III/g). Courtesy of Jurjens Fine Art / 5- Alberto Giacometti, Endless Paris, 1969, pl. 123. © Estate of Alberto Giacometti / ADAGP Paris 2022. Courtesy of Galerie Arenthon.
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