Senior & Shopmaker Gallery is pleased to present a two-person exhibition with Alex Katz and Sylvia Mangold at this year’s Fine Art Print Fair. Featured will be images of trees-- a subject matter that has provided a main theme for each artist for many decades and which each has rendered in print media such as intaglio, woodcut, and screenprint. Katz and Plimack Mangold met in the 1960s when the former was a visiting artist at Yale and the latter a graduate student in the painting department. They have remained colleagues and friends for fifty years.
Although best known for his portraits, Katz has painted landscapes both inside the studio and out of doors since the beginning of his career, and figuring prominently among these is the Maine landscape where he has spent many summers. Katz has described his goal as the pursuit of capturing “quick things passing”— of sensory impressions apprehending light dancing across leaves, wind through branches, and the movement of diurnal light and shadow. In etchings such as Woods and the new screenprint 10:30 AM, he explores the notion of an open, all-over composition punctuated by flat planes of color and shallow pictorial space.
For the last three decades Sylvia Plimack Mangold has concentrated not only on the landscape surrounding her Hudson River area studio, but also the individual trees comprising it. Like Katz, Plimack Mangold paints plein air, and often draws outdoors on copper etching plates using a drypoint technique. Her keenly observed trees offer an immersive experience in light, movement, and atmosphere, conveying a specific sense of place while also one of pure sensation. Earlier landscapes such as the classic Pin Oak at the Pond depict a horizon line which is later abandoned in favor of tightly cropped compositions of line, brushstrokes, and abbreviated marks all realized through drypoint, etching, and aquatint.
Both Katz and Plimack Mangold have worked for years with master printers Doris Simmelink and Chris Sukimoto on etching and woodcut respectively. Featured in the stand are some of the many working proofs Plimack Mangold and Simmelink pull along the way to resolving the final edition. The proofs reveal the many steps of experimentation and decision-making that go into her etchings.