arts 10.25.12

Etchings vs. Lithographs vs. Woodcuts
(Dedicated Email)

"Splendidly varied, elegantly casual and cheerfully affordable."
– The New York Times

What The world's largest and most varied concentration of one art form
Where The Park Avenue Armory
When November 1 - 4
Why Because you don't have to be part of the 1% to own an object of beauty and value

This renowned art fair focused solely on the artistic medium of printmaking is a must for the world's major collectors and curators. For New York art lovers in the know, the IFPDA Print Fair offers a cornucopia of choice for collectors of every political stripe and tax bracket.

If Downton Abbey-style pastoral tranquility is what you're after, consider the tender 19th century etching by Oliver Hall, Bolton Castle: Vista. This view from the famed castle which once held Mary Queen of Scots will only set you back about two hundred quid.

Impatient private equity types don't have to wait for the George Bellows show to open at the Met, his seminal lithograph "Dempsey and Firpo" can be snapped up for just under six figures.

Alternatively, for those of more progressive and perhaps introspective leanings, Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa tenders "Mi última palabra / My Last Word" while the debate continues over who will carry Florida.

The Fair's programs (all free) offer plenty of guidance without telling you what to think. Saturday's Conversation with a Curator brings in Louis Marchesano, the Getty's Curator of Prints & Drawings, to illuminate his institution's recent acquisitions and in Collecting Essentials: Artists Collect, Sarah Suzuki, MoMA's Associate Curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books takes you inside the collections of Charles Hewitt, Liliana Porter, and James Siena to learn what they think about when they're adding to their collections.

Tour the Fair on Saturday with John Dorfman, editor-in-chief of Art & Antiques or, if you've ever wondered how Rembrandt, Rauschenberg, or Peyton made their prints, Sunday's tour by Phil Sanders, Master Printer at the Robert Blackburn Studio, provides a show and tell of works from a behind-the-scenes perspective. Registration is required for these tours.

And if you arrive with the kids in tow, never fear! EYE Spy will keep them happy and help them learn to look at art while you ponder your latest acquisition.

How Much? Use coupon code MUG2012 for 47% off daily admission when you buy tickets online.

Presented by the International Fine Print Dealers Association. View online catalogue and plan your visit at

The Fair is proud to have the support of: City National Bank, The Wall Street Journal Greater New York, Chubb Insurance, and Masters Coverage Corp.

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