My Highlights from the IFPDA Print Fair 2014

My Selection:

Richard Diebenkorn, Indigo Horizontal, 1985, at Crown Point Press

Richard Diebenkorn is a master at creating a sense of time, space, and place. His colors evoke an emotion in me that calms my soul and warms my heart. His work speaks to me like walking in the sand by an ocean. 

Mel Bochner, Now It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This, 2014, at Two Palms

Before we can even think it, Mel Bochner says it for us! His work like Now It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This is what I think and feel every time I see his work. There are no better words than his to convey how brilliant he is and how I treasure being provoked by his wit, humor, and political themes. 

Jane Hammond, Snapshot Odyssey, 2014, at Shark’s Ink

Jane Hammond continues to push herself in one artistic direction after another. Her maps, clowns, floral images, and current games of life let us all go on the magical journey with her to lands unknown. 

Anish Kapoor, Fold, II, 2014, at The Paragon Press

Anish Kapoor—how can an artist take marble, stone, sheetrock, and stainless steel and forge images that attain the highest level of human creativity? His works on paper are literally out of this world. I look at his work and my eyes light up and my heart soars with the wonder of his creations.  

Chuck Close, Self-Portrait, 2014, at Pace Prints

Chuck Close is the master portrait artist of our time. For tens of thousands of years artists have drawn faces, but no one has taken the art of portraiture to the same level as Chuck Close. His portraits within portraits within portraits are a mirror of not only his subjects, but of all of us. 

Roy Lichtenstein, Reflections on Soda Fountain, 1991, at Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl

Roy Lichtenstein—the greatest of the pop artists. When I see his work, I am swept up in the time and place of Post-World War II America, and the energy and confidence our country was enveloped in at the time. He takes the themes of our lives and presents them to us in a literary fashion, with each image speaking thousands of words. 

John Baldessari, The News: Four Ducks Standing on a Bench…, 2014, at Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl 

John Baldessari’s work creates the same towering presence as his 6 foot 7 inch frame! Who can look at his work and not be wonderfully forced as ask “why”? Why the image, why the contradictions, why the juxtapositions? He is everything an artist should, could, and needs to be. 

Ellsworth Kelly, Blue Curve / Red Curve, 2014, at Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl 

Ellsworth Kelly’s work—of all the artists’ work I have collected or seen—is a spiritual experience!  When I see his art, I feel a sense of all that I have ever been or ever will be. He refines his images so there is no extraneous form or line. His work is perfection.

Explore the IFPDA Print Fair 2014 on Artsy.