My Highlights from the IFPDA Print Fair 2013

Ann Fensterstock
Oct 29, 2013 7:00PM

I went for artists that we do not already have in the collection whose broader oeuvre I have followed in the galleries. I rarely buy a print (no matter how good looking) if I am not drawn to the whole output. I also tend to be drawn presently to artists whose work has a ‘beyond the frame’ back story – of process, performance or narrative beyond the immediate image.

Most are mid-career at least, but several are having a particular ‘moment’ I think. Like Nicole Eisenman:

Barnaby Furnas, The Whaler, 2012, at Pace Prints

Christian Marclay, Splat, 2013, at Graphicstudio USF

Christiane Baumgartner, Vince Court, 2013, at Alan Cristea Gallery

Gary Simmons, Chandelier Spin, 2012, at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery

Isca Greenfield-Sanders, A Walk with Daddy, 2008, Paulson Bott Press

Laura Owens, Untitled (LO270), at Crown Point Press

Nicole Eisenman, Untilted for Parkett 91, 2012, at Parkett

Tauba Auerbach, Mesh/Moire I, 2012, at Paulson Bott Press

Vera Lutter, Chephren and Cheops Pyramids, Giza: January 28, 2010-2011,  at Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art

Artists to watch in 2014: 

Although I didn’t choose them here Hernan Bas and Oscar Tuazon interest me greatly.

My number one tip for collecting prints:

My number one tip for collection prints: Spring for the money for good framing and glazing even when a print has been relatively inexpensive. Look into getting your windows filmed if you are going to be serious about works on paper. It's not that complicated. It will break your heart (and is a travesty to the history of art) to let any work be destroyed by sunlight or other day to day hazards.

Explore the IFPDA Print Fair on Artsy.

Ann Fensterstock