On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Print editions at Pace Prints
IN 2009, THE INTERNATIONAL FINE PRINT DEALERS ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHED A FOUNDATION TO INSPIRE AND SUSTAIN A KNOWLEDGE AND CONNOISSEURSHIP OF FINE PRINTS FOR A NEW GENERATION OF COLLECTORS, CURATORS AND ARTISTS. THE ASSOCIATION ITSELF, IFPDA, A NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO THE APPRECIATION OF PRINTS AS WORKS OF FINE ART, INCLUDES AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF DEALERS FROM OLD MASTER TO CONTEMPORARY AND PUBLISHERS OF INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS. THE IFPDA FAIR, HELD ANNUALLY AT NEW YORK’S PARK AVENUE ARMORY, HAS LONG BEEN CELEBRATED FOR THE QUALITY OF ITS EXHIBITORS AND RANGE OF FIRST-TIER PRINTS.
Much like sculpture, a print is an original work of art that can exist as a multiple, rather than a copy of a work in another medium.
IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT PACE PRINTS WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF IPFDA. WITHOUT EXCEPTION, THE PRINTS EXHIBITED AND PUBLISHED AT PACE CHAMPION THE INNOVATIVE CREATIVITY THAT ARTISTS REALIZE WHEN COLLABORATING WITH A MASTER PRINTER AND EXPLORING WORKING THIS MEDIUM.
TODAY, IT IS A PLEASURE FOR THE LRFA BLOG TO CONTINUE OUR CONVERSATION WITH PACE PRINTS’ GALLERY DIRECTOR, JEFF BERGMAN, ON CURRENT EDITIONS AND ART FAIRS IN WHICH PACE PARTICIPATES.
JEFF, WELCOME BACK!
WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS THAT HAVE RECENTLY BEEN INVITED TO PUBLISH EDITIONS WITH PACE? WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA OF THE GALLERY TO INVITE AN ARTIST TO PUBLISH?
In the last year we have worked with Chuck Close, Leonardo Drew, Daniel Heidkamp, Jenny Holzer, Kate Shepherd, Shahzia Sikander, James Turrell and Dan Walsh to name a few. We hope the artists that come and work with us will feel that what they do in our shops will help them explore their practice in a new way. There are no concrete criteria for our partnership with an artist.
WHAT IS THE CUSTOMARY SIZE OF AN EDITION? HOW ARE EDITIONS DISTRIBUTED?
There is no customary size for an edition. Our editions rarely exceed 50 these days, though in the 70’s might have always been 100 or more. We are the dealer for our publications in almost all instances so all the work flows from us.
THE ART FAIR HAS BECOME THE GREAT MARKETPLACE OF THE CURRENT ART WORLD. WHAT IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THE EMERGENCE OF INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS WITH RESPECT TO THE PRINT MARKET?
The global art fair market for prints follows the same path as it does for unique work. It is important to our collectors and artists that we participate, and as a founding member of the IFPDA fair in NY, we will continue to stay involved locally.
WHAT FAIRS DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN?
Currently we participate in Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, the ADAA Art Fair and the IFPDA Fair and often at Art Basel Switzerland.
ONE OF THE ARTISTS FOR WHOM I HAVE GREAT RESPECT IS JAMES TURRELL, RECENTLY HONORED WITH A RETROSPECTIVE OF HIS WORK AT THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM IN NEW YORK THAT WAS PRESENTED CONCURRENTLY AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) AND THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON. TURRELL WORKS DIRECTLY WITH LIGHT AND SPACE TO CHALLENGE THE VIEWER’S PERCEPTION BOTH OF HIMSELF AND HIS WORLD.
HOW DID PACE PRINTS TRANSLATE THIS VISIONARY ARTIST INTO THE PRINT MEDIUM?
I think that the artist describes this best in this video (created by Pace Prints) about the print process when he says “it’s something to take the qualities of light and make a print editions…but I am quite well pleased”.
PACE PRINTS IS ALSO A STRONGHOLD FOR ARTISTS SOUGHT AFTER BY ACTIVE “YOUNG COLLECTORS”. WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS THAT HAVE GAINED A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION, BOTH AT AUCTION AND IN THE GALLERY SECTOR, THAT YOU HAVE RECENTLY PUBLISHED?
In November at the IFPDA our fair booth contained work by Chuck Close, Leonardo Drew, Jenny Holzer, KAWS, Shahzia Sikander and James Turrell. This certainly covers the cross-section of artists you are talking about.
ANOTHER ARTIST WHOSE WORK HAS INTERESTED ME SINCE HE FIRST EXHIBITED AT SIKKEMA JENKINS IS LEONARDO DREW. THE MATERIALS IN HIS WORK ARE CHALLENGING: WOOD, RUSTED IRON, COTTON, PAPER, AND MUD. DREW, WHO GREW UP IN A PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT, TRANSFORMS MEMORIES OF HIS CHILDHOOD SURROUNDINGS INTO INTENSE, ELABORATE AND OFTEN THREE-DIMENSIONAL RELIEFS AND SCULPTURES. HOW DID PACE TRANSLATE THESE PICTORIAL CONCERNS INTO PRINTS?
Our papermaking studio is a real laboratory where artists like Leonardo Drew have found a way to create sculptural dimensions while working with paper. Ruth Lingen and Akemi Martin have used a number of papermaking techniques in collaboration with the artist, which he speaks about here:
PLEASE JOIN US WHEN JEFF BERGMAN SHARES HIS PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF THE PRINT MARKET IN THE NEXT LRFA BLOG.
IN THE MEANTIME, VISIT PACE PRINTS SUMMER EXHIBITIONS, “SELECTIONS”
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