International Print Center New York (IPCNY) announces the fifty-sixth presentation of its New Prints Program, a biannual, juried open call for prints created in the preceding twelve months. Titled Just Under 100, the exhibition was selected by artist Katherine Bradford, and features 98 artists from both the United States and abroad. Countries represented in the exhibition include Croatia, France, Italy, Serbia, and Thailand, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The prints and print-based media on view show a marked return of figurative work, as well as varied uses of text, to confront issues of gender, race, and broader existential questions. Examples include Vilja Virks-Lee’s Vote Pussy Hat screenprint, a reference to the 2017 Women’s March and one of several works with a feminist bent; Allie Christisen’s Lash Out bright pink print of an eyelash curler reveals itself to be a painstaking, many-layered woodcut, while Jess Sheridan’s Trump This features a hijab-wearing woman skateboarding in defiance. In addition to traditional mediums like screenprints, etchings, and lithographs, artists also created print-based animations, installations, and sculptures, showcasing the versatility and unlimited potential for experimentation inherent in printmaking.
Certain themes thread through the exhibition. “Some of the text-based work jumped out at me,” says Bradford, “perhaps because we are particularly attuned to social and political issues this year.” By displaying work created in the past twelve months, New Prints exhibitions offer a snapshot of the trends and concerns that artists are contending with right now, lending a sense of immediacy to each presentation. In Bradford’s view, “Conversations about gender, portraiture, humor, humanity, sexuality and language are there waiting to happen.”
Artists are: Golnar Adili, Andranik Aroutiounian, Martin Azevedo, Felipe Baeza, Bob Barancik, Mark Barry, Anne Beresford, Kathleen Bonanni, Caeli Carr-Potter, Veronica Ceci, Liz Chalfin, Tiberiu Chelcea, Allie Christisen, Ella Coon, Jonas Criscoe, Sage Dawson, Mark Dion, Nancy Doniger, Craig Drennen, Louise Eastman, Timothy Evans, Michelle Farro, Joe Fattori, Gro Finne, Robert Fitzmaurice, Joanne Freeman, Jess Frost, Tara Geer, Leslie Giuliani, Klara Glosova, Trisha Gupta, Libby Hague, Takuji Hamanaka, Amber Hany, Lois Harada, Dominica Harrison, Yuji Hiratsuka, Cooper Holoweski, Cary Hulbert, Su-Li Hung, Sophie Isaak, Martha Ives, Frances Jetter, Warranutchai Kajaree, Susan Kaprov, Neah Kelly, Petra Kriletić, Elsa Lama von Buchwald, Rejin Leys, Joseph Lupo, Beauvais Lyons, Renee Magnanti, Erica Mao, Leonardo Marenghi, Paolo Marino, Michael Menchaca, Katie Michel, Carrie Moyer, Pierre Muckensturm, Kristin Powers Nowlin, Ernesto Ortiz Leyva, Giuseppe Pernigotti, Serena Perrone, Snezana Petrovic, Adam Pitt, Chayan Pol-asa, Michael Prisco, John Rapczak, Jolynn Reigeluth, Minna Resnick, Mark Rice, Ross Sheehan, Jess Sheridan, David Sheskin, Nomi Silverman, Wendy Small, Erin Smith, Janis Stemmermann, Elisabeth Stevens, Valerie Syposz, Eszter Sziksz, Rhiannon Skye Tafoya, Julia Talcott, Saralene Tapley, Lina Tegtmeyer, McKinzie Trotta, Phumelele Tshabalala, Jeanne Verdoux, Vilja Virks-Lee, Alejandro Waskavich, Carol Wax, Karen Whitman, Peter Williams, Jan Wurm, Hai Fei Xie, JooHee Yoon, Tomáš Žemla, and Jeremy Zini.
About the Juror: Katherine Bradford (American, b. 1942) is an artist living and working in New York City. Best known for her radiant, unearthly paintings and monotypes, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and has exhibited at CANADA, Sperone Westwater, Planthouse, and Edward Thorp Gallery, New York; and Adams and Ollman Gallery, Portland OR. She is Senior Critic in the Graduate program at the Yale School of Art.