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IFPDA Print Fair

Venue  |  Exhibitions
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IFPDA Print Fair
The Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Venue Type: Alternative Space


QUICK FACTS
Phone
212-674-6095
Gallery type
Contemporary
DESCRIPTION

The IFPDA Print Fair is the largest international art fair focused exclusively on the artistic
medium of printmaking. It is noted for its historical depth, exhibiting works from the 16th through 21st centuries.


All dealers exhibiting at the Fair are members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).


The IFPDA is a non-profit organization of expert art dealers and galleries committed to the highest standards of quality, ethics, and connoisseurship, and to fostering a greater appreciation of fine prints among art collectors and the public. The Association’s thorough vetting assures collectors of each exhibitor’s expertise and professionalism, and of the authenticity and condition of artwork available for purchase. The IFPDA has sponsored the Print Fair since 1991.


The Fair presents nearly 500 years of printmaking from early woodcuts and traditional engravings to etchings, lithographs, and innovative contemporary projects. The wide historical spectrum of artists’ works on view includes old masters Rembrandt, Dürer, and Goltzius; Japanese ukiyo-e; 19th century American masters Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, and Mary Cassatt; European Impressionists Degas and Renoir; American and European Modernists George
Bellows, Martin Lewis, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Max Beckmann; and postwar
masterworks by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Joan
Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois. New editions premiere at the Fair from leading contemporary artists such as Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, Richard Serra, and John Baldessari. While rare and important prints will sell at six and seven-figure prices, attendees can find many affordable works in the $500 to $5,000 range.


A “fine” or “original” print is a work of art which has been conceived by the artist to be realized as a print. It is not a copy of a drawing or painting. An artist creates a print by drawing or carving a composition on a hard surface such as a wood block, metal plate, or stone. This surface is then
inked by hand and the image is transferred to paper or another material by applying pressure, thus
creating an “impression” or print. Prints usually exist in multiple impressions, each pulled by hand from the inked surface.