Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gallery Visit at the Print Center

I'm really lucky that I work a few blocks from the Print Center and can stop by to see exhibits.

Today I saw Pulling from History: The Old Masters. Eight printmakers were the first in a series of exhibits the Print Center plans to "explore the ways that contemporary artists are "hijacking" the hsitory of the printed image to create new work".

This really rings a chord with me, I LOVE how I can use the most ancient form of printing and give it life in 2009. Similarly, the more modern old methods were also employed skillfully by the exhibiting artists. However, as a woodcut relief printmaker, I was a little disappointed that only one of the two dozen prints was a woodcut.

But it was a dandy by Andrew Raftery, a chiaroscuro from five blocks in blue and gray. I especially enjoyed the linework in the darkest gray.

There were woodcut prints for sale in the gift shop, along with all other types of prints and photography, and all of it worth a look.

If you're interested in stopping in, hurry, because this exhibit ends on May 16, 2009. The Print Center is at 1614 Latimer, Philadelphia.


Cat-in-a-Box said...

Thanks for this info Robin! I wish I were closer and could check this out! I find it facinating to watch how you are progressing with the printmaking!!

Robin said...

Thanks! I wish you were closer too! I was really lucky to meet an online artist friend in the flesh on Friday, it was so much fun, and I was thinking how much I'd love to meet all of my online buddies.

twincedar said...

I love to vist any kind of art exhibit, galleries, museums, etc. What a wonderful way to spend some time.

Barney Davey said...

Hi Robin,

I'm with Cat-in-a-Box in that I wish I could also visit and learn. In our automated world, there is a longing for authenticity. What you create fills that desire. And, your subject matter is close to the heart of your collectors. Bravo!

Barney Davey

P.S. Check out the blog of your kindred spirit, Sue Smith. She pens the Ancient Artist: Developing an art career after 50. http://ancientartist.typepad.com/

M.M.E. said...

I'm so happy that I still have access to printing presses at my school and live in a place where there are countless museums and exhibits.

Robin said...

Twincedar, thanks for commenting. It's fun, yet it's "shop", too, lol. We once went through the PMA just looking at how ears were painted!

Barney, thanks so much! I will check out the ancient one! What a great name!

MME, you are indeed lucky! Thanks for the visit and hope to see more of you!