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Next Week: “Birth of the American Artist Printmaker”

"Flying Fish Fossil" by Stephen Fredericks

Next Saturday we are excited to welcome back Stephen Fredericks, founding member of the New York Society of Etchers for a 1:30 talk.  Stephen has developed an audio-visual presentation called “Birth of the American Artist Printmaker,” which grew out of his book on the New York Etching Club (published 2009 by Rice University Press, details at the link).

Stephen’s talk covers a period of American artist activity – primarily etching – that accompanied a broader graphic arts movement during the last quarter of the 19th Century, and the underlying significance of this era defined by a national graphic arts, and etching boom – which gave birth to American artist printmaking as we know it today.  The slideshow Stephen compiled includes early ‘artist etchings’ made by members of the New York Etching Club, their applications in fine press books, early portfolios, and in exhibitions – followed by images of more commercially refined decorative art books, auction catalogues and limited editions by important publishers of the day.

Again, this lecture/discussion begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, January 28th (next Saturday).  A closing reception for the show immediately follows Stephen’s talk.  We hope you will be able to join us!

From our Newsletter: NY Society of Etchers Invitational

The following is an excerpt from an article in our Winter Newsletter, which you can see in its entirety at the link above.

"Flying Fish in Blue" by Stephen Fredericks

The 2012 Invitational follows ‘Bewick’s Legacy: Six Contemporary British Wood Engravers’ as a second group invitational, which this time will show approximately forty prints by ten artists, all directors of the NY Society of Etchers. The prints of the NYSE will include a wide variety of stylistic approaches, from straight line etching to heavily scraped and re-worked plates, from improvisational and free handwork to more carefully planned images. Viewers visiting the exhibition will see both figurative and abstract images as well as prints that celebrate process, explore narrative subjects, or pursue conceptual approaches.

Richie Lasansky, whose work will be included in the exhibition, comments, “There is no particular theme or restriction for our show, and although we are the NY Etching Society, that isn’t an indication of our technical preferences and is actually more of a nod to a previous organization: the NY Etching Club (active from 1877-1894). As far as technique, there will be all kinds of etching: lift ground, soft ground, spit bite, aquatint, straw hat, white ground. Direct techniques (such as) dry point, scraping, burnishing and engraving, (as well as) monotype, solar plate etching and some paper litho. And even the odd woodcut or two.”

"Unrestrained" by Susan Sears

As a group of exhibiting artists, the NYSE began its formal exhibition program in 2000, creating and collaborating in 20 exhibitions of artist prints. Eight of these efforts have focused exclusively on the graphic arts of local emerging artists and not-for-profit workshops; thirteen of the shows have had international influences with collaborating artists from Hungary, China, France, Ireland, Peru, the Ukraine and Australia. The remaining seven exhibitions have been organized on behalf of cultural institutions in Bridgeport, CT, the Ukrainian Institute of America and the Paramount Center of the Arts in Peekskill, NY. So far, ten exhibitions have been documented with professionally published catalogues.

The NY Society of Etchers Invitational will be on view January 4-28, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 7 and a talk by Stephen Fredericks followed by a closing reception on Saturday, January 28, at 1:30 pm.