The London Original Print Fair, the longest-running specialist print
fair in the world, will be celebrating 23 years at the Royal
Academy of Arts. Once again, the Fair is larger than ever and covers
all periods of printmaking from the early woodcuts of Dürer and his
contemporaries to the graphic work of contemporary masters such as
Hockney and Hirst.
The Fair takes place in Burlington Gardens, April 23-27, 2008. Tickets are available at the door, prices start at a pretty reasonable £200 ($404.50) and all work is for sale. The hubbub on this year’s extravaganza is a special collection of Warhol prints and related drawings.
If you’ve ever had questions about prints (“what is a print?” for example), check out the fair’s rather charming “about prints” page. Here’s a sample:
Prints have played an important role in the history of art. Before the
invention of photography, it was through engravings that many people
were able to become familiar with great works of art which would
otherwise have been inaccessible. This tradition of bringing paintings
to a wider public dates back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries,
when many artists employed engravers to reproduce their work. Hogarth recreated many of the images from his paintings
in engravings; Picasso was a prolific printmaker in the media of
etching, lithography and linocut. Some of Matisse’s best known images
are his simple lithographs and stencils. Other artists whose important works include prints are Dürer,
Canaletto, Tiepolo, Goya, Piranesi, Munch, Toulouse-Lautrec, Whistler,
Sickert, Warhol, Freud, Hodgkin and Hockney.
Featured Above: Intimate Relations: Safety Pin (screenprint, 2001) by Michael Craig-Martin