IFPDA 2017 Fine Art Print Fair: Critic's View by Frederick Mulder


For the 26th installment of the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, at the cavernous Javits Center, a notably selective group of 81 dealers has managed to secure the quiet intimacy within their spaces that is conducive to the close examination of the finer details of major works. On view are prints by canonic figures such as Durer, Rembrandt, Munch, Picasso, Miro, Gauguin (a newly discovered work), Freud and Hockney, alongside a subtle but stimulating selection of fresh new commissions and projects by contemporary artists including Tara Donovan, Laure Provost and Julie Mehretu. (...)

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"The Sick Child.I" by Edvard Munch


Edvard Munch at Frederick Mulder
It is amazing the psychological impact that can be exerted by a print, which lays its own claim to being a masterpiece even if it is qualified by the idea of being a “multiple.” The absolute heart punch of the fair for me was delivered by Edvard Munch’s The Sick Child, the artist’s maiden voyage into color lithography.
Like Giacometti, Munch exploited the atmospherics of the scribbly, echoing line to add emotional and visual resonance to a portrait (as he did in the similarly delicate portrait of the poet Stéphane Mallarmé). The work was printed in 1896 from four stones, the “keystone” printed in black followed by grey, yellow and red. The crisper outline of the girl’s face, traced in black, is reminiscent of the clean silhouettes of Toulouse-Lautrec and early Picasso. The foggy grey and hazy yellow surround her in expressionist angst. The coup de grace, however, is delivered by the red, which flows down her hair and dangles before her eyes. Its effect is riveting. According to the gallery, the artist considered the work to be his greatest moment in the medium.

The same booth has a rare Picasso print, the rough-and-tumble La Minotauromachie, that was
never released to the public but reserved only for private distribution to important contacts. As dense as a late-state Rembrandt etching, and as full of incident as one of his Ballets Russes theater set designs, it is a five-act drama on a sheet of white paper.

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artnet News                       18 Things You Should See During New York City’s Print Week 2017

From prints pulled hot off the press to rarely seen Old Master engravings, here is your guide to the best shows and events this weekend.                                                    

New York Print Week is always a crowd-pleaser, with emerging artists showing next to Old Masters. Based around the International Fine Print Dealers Association Fair, gallery shows, museum exhibitions, and special events are taking place across the city to celebrate the printmaking community. For those looking to start an art collection, prints are a great way to discover new artists and indulge eclectic tastes. Below, our guide to the most print-eresting events going on this week.

1. International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Fine Art Print Fair
The world’s largest art fair dedicated printmaking moves to the Javits Centerfor its 2017 edition. The 81 exhibitors, all IFPDA members, will showcase everything from Old Masters to contemporary art editions. Expect such gems as the politically themed series by Soledad Salame based on the 2016 Women’s March at Goya Contemporary & Goya-Girl Press; new prints by 2013 Turner Prize-winner Laure Provost at Poligrafa Studio; and Frederick Mulder exhibiting a rare work by Picasso titled La Minotauromachie—believed by many to be a precursor to Guernica, and never released for general sale.

River Pavilion, Javits Center 421 11th Avenue at West 35th Street; October 26–29, 2016. Thursday–Saturday 12 p.m.–8 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

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Pablo Picasso’s  La Minotauromachie . Courtesy of Frederick Mulder.

Pablo Picasso’s La Minotauromachie. Courtesy of Frederick Mulder.

David Linley and Frederick Mulder collaborate on Picasso linocut exhibition by Frederick Mulder

Running from the 4th August until the 8th October, David Linley will be hosting an exhibition of Picasso's linocuts at his showroom on Pimlico Road. Curated by Frederick Mulder Ltd, the prints include a variety of subjects from the female nude, to Picasso's wife Jacqueline, and also of course his wonderful Vallauris posters. The latter in particular demonstrate how Picasso revolutionised the art of the poster from a visual and content standpoint. Set against Linley's exquisite furniture, it makes for a beautiful display and is well worth a visit.

The exhibition will continue throughout Pimlico Road Design District week from the 16th to 24th September, and will include Frederick Mulder director, Anne.-Francoise Gavanon, in conversation with Carole Annett, Interior Editor of Country Town and House.

National Museum Wales wins Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize & buys print at Frederick Mulder by Frederick Mulder

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1894-1976)      Die Sonne, 1914     Woodcut signed in pencil, from the edition of 75.

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1894-1976) 

Die Sonne, 1914

Woodcut signed in pencil, from the edition of 75.

The IFPDA Foundation is pleased to announce the acquisitions funded by the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize at the 2016 IFPDA Print Fair. The Acquisition prize, sponsored by Champion & Partners, awarded $10,000 to the National Museum Wales to support a purchase at the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s annual Print Fair which concluded November 6, 2016.

“With the generous support of Champion and Partners, the IFPDA is delighted to award the 2016 Acquisition Prize to the National Museum of Wales,” said Michele Senecal, Executive Director of the IFPDA. “We recognize the museum’s commitment to the medium of printmaking and the value of their expansive collection of works on paper on an international level.”

David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales said, “This is a real coup not only for our curator Beth McIntyre and Amgueddfa Cymru but for Wales and the UK. Yet again, we have an opportunity to demonstrate the standard of Wales’ art collection to the World and add to the richness of that collection through such a prestigious award. I must thank those responsible for selecting Amgueddfa Cymru and Champion & Partners for allowing us the opportunity to grow our important collection of fine art.”

The centerpiece of their acquisition was a 1914 woodcut by the German Expressionist painter and printmaker, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, one of the four founders of the artist group Die Brücke. The work, entitled Die Sonne (The Sun), 1914, was acquired from Frederick Mulder, Ltd., specialists in European printmaking 1470-1970. This acquisition expands the Museum’s collection in an important new direction as its first print from the German Expressionist movement. The Prize also made possible the Museum’s purchase of two prints from a recent series by Welsh artist Clare Woods, Danish Alan, 2016 and Harry the Weatherman, 2016 both acquired from Alan Cristea Gallery.


About National Museum Wales’ Collection of Prints and Drawings

The National Museum Wales houses around 40,000 works on paper. These comprise watercolors, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and albums. It is a broad-based collection, ranging from prints by Rembrandt and Picasso to watercolors by Cézanne and Turner and drawings by Burne-Jones and David Nash.

About the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize

Sponsored by Champion & Partners since 2012, the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize funds $10,000 in museum acquisition at IFPDA Print Fair. Since its inception in 2012, the Prize has been awarded to the Cincinnati Art Museum (2015), the Portland Art Museum (2014), the British Museum (2013), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2012).

In naming the prize, Champion & Partners pays tribute to the artist Richard Hamilton, who inspired their own appreciation of prints, and his profound influence on printmaking. The Prize was conceived to enable museums to acquire significant prints for their collections and to inspire individual collectors by illustrating the profusion of affordable museum quality works on offer at the IFPDA Print Fair.


British Museum prints deal completes Picasso mission by Frederick Mulder

"The British Museum has just purchased a group of mint-condition prints by Picasso worth millions, the completion of a mission to house the key European collection of the artist’s print-making skills." reports Vanessa Thorpe in The ObserverThe Guardian, Sunday 25 September. 

As quoted by Stephen Coppel, Curator of modern prints and drawings "This is the last important gap to be filled in the British Museum’s representation of Picasso’s print work [...] It is very important that we were able to acquire this work. It is one of the greatest achievements in graphic art”.

Frederick Mulder Ltd feel very fortunate to have contributed to this achievement and in so doing to continue its longstanding relationship with such a reputable institution. 

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'La Provence' reviews new Picasso exhibition at MuCEM in Marseille by Frederick Mulder

A new exhibition, Picasso: A genius without a pedestal, opened at the MuCEM museum in Marseille yesterday. The show examines Picasso's influences stemming from popular arts and traditions, as well as the artisans he worked with. This includes the linocuts he created with the printmaker, Hidalgo Arnéra, and we were delighted to be able to loan some of our examples to the exhibition including Picasso's Vallauris Exposition posters, which we are told is the first time they have all been shown together, as well as a progressive set of Le Banderillero (see image). You can read the curator's introduction on the museum website here.

The French journal, La Provence, has written a wonderful review about the exhibition which can be found here.

The show runs until 29th August 2016. We highly recommend seeing the exhibition if you are able, as much for the museum building itself which was opened in 2013 and sits on the waterfront, as for the detailed journey through Picasso's body of works.

Frederick Mulder's Vallauris posters featured in the FT's 'How to Spend It' by Frederick Mulder

"Promotional prints created by artists and intended for the streets are increasingly finding their way onto collectors’ walls", writes Kasia Maciejowska in the Financial Time's luxury supplement 'How to Spend It', Saturday 20th February.

Leading the story with a reference to our Vallauris 1956 - Exposition poster by Pablo Picasso, Maciejowska discusses the renewed interest in and increasing value of exhibition posters created by renowned artists. Picasso's are of particular import because they are original linocuts, designed and cut by the artist himself. He created one every year from 1951-1964 as well as a Toros bullfighting poster for the town every year from 1954-1960.

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