Events of this scale and magnitude are very rare, the IFPDA Fair is dedicated to the exhibition and sale of prints from all periods. The fair will be held from October 30th until November 2nd at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) will present the Annual IFPDA Print Fair from Thursday, October 30th through Sunday, November 2nd at New York's prestigious Park Avenue Armory on Park Avenue at 67th Street. This year's Fair will feature eighty-nine IFPDA member dealers.
The Fair's unique character lies in its comprehensive look at one medium and its ability to draw the leading international dealers in the field from all periods, old master to contemporary, under one roof. Participation in the Fair is limited to IFPDA members and although most are longtime veterans on the international art fair circuit, there is tight competition for the stands available at the Annual Print Fair.
Robert Newman, chair of the The International Fine Print Dealers Association IFPDA's organizing committee, states: ‘'It's amazing that after so many years, you can come to the Print Fair and still see works you've never seen before. Our exhibiting members are consistently able to showcase the newness and variety of the medium in substantially different ways from year to year...''
Over 7,000 visitors attend the The International Fine Print Dealers Association Fair each year and include museum curators, seasoned connoisseurs, new collectors, scholars, and devoted art aficionados.
Among the many new faces at this year's fair is Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Fine Art. She will introduce the latest editions by Louise Bourgeois as well as Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, who have been collaborating since 1979 on a body of work that humorously celebrates the sheer banality of everyday existence.
Longtime IFPDA member Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) will also exhibit for the first time. ULAE was founded in 1957 and is credited with having sparked a revival of printmaking in America. Since then, they have collaborated extensively with many of the 20th century's leading artists, including Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and continue to publish small edition prints and artist's books. Modern and contemporary specialist Senior & Shopmaker Gallery will also join the Fair and will exhibit works by Dan Flavin, Alex Katz, and Thomas Nozkowski, among other contemporary masterworks.
American prints will have a striking presence this year. Oakland based dealer Catherine E. Burns will exhibit important prints by Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, and John Singer Sargent. James Abbot McNeill Whistler will be well-represented at the Fair by Burns, C. & J. Goodfriend Drawings and Prints, and The Fine Art Society. C. & J. Goodfriend. Also of note, Keith Sheridan Inc., who specializes in American fine prints and works on paper dating from 1900 to 1950, will be exhibiting at the Fair for the first time.
For connoisseurs of old master prints, the Fair is unmatched in its reputation as a showcase for works of high quality and rarity. These prints are exceedingly difficult to find in today's market and dealers in this field confront numerous challenges in order to bring top notch works to the Fair.