Interior designers Brian McCarthy, Sandra Nunnerly, Matthew Patrick Smyth and Dee Dee Eustace will co-host a kick-off party for the 23rd edition of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Print Fair on Tuesday, September 30, exclusively for the design community. The show will feature 90 exhibitors and opens to the public for a four-day run on Thursday, November 6, at New York’s Park Avenue Armory.
The launch event will take place at the Ralph Pucci showroom in New York where some works will be on display for a preview and the designers will be on hand for discussion.
Clockwise from top: Brian McCarthy, Sandra Nunnerly, Dee Dee Eustace and Matthew Patrick Smyth
“The Print Fair underscores diversity and is unique to print works on paper,” said McCarthy. “It's wonderful and really the best entry into collecting limited edition prints by some of our most renowned artists. All great collections and collectors incorporate this medium into their repertoire.”
With a wide spectrum of material spanning five centuries, the IFPDA Print Fair is one of the largest art fairs dedicated to a single medium and draws a dedicated international audience.
“This year’s Fair weaves together the very best examples of printmaking by major artists, from the historic to the new, in a way that today’s art collectors will find highly appealing,” said Michele Senecal, Executive Director of the IFPDA.
Blah, Blah, Blah by Mel Bochner from Courtesy Two Palms Gallery; B250 Sculpture, Tête de Marie-Thérèse by Pablo Picasso from John Szoke Gallery
"I love introducing clients to collecting art, starting them on a journey of exploration whether it is new editions, old masters, contemporary or classic modernism—the pursuit of the piece of art that you will want to own is always exhilarating,” said Nunnerly. “I’m always looking—going to fairs, shows, galleries and museums. The IFPDA Print Fair with its wide spectrum of artists from around the world is a unique opportunity to search for art, because you’ll never know what you may find and wish to add to your own collection."
This year, 26 exhibitors hail from the United Kingdom or Europe. These include prominent dealers such as the Alan Cristea Gallery, Osborne Samuel, the Fine Art Society, Polígrafa Obra Gráfica, Paul Prouté S.A., Galerie Sabine Knust, Helmut H. Rumbler, Jorg Maass Kunsthandel, Galerie Boisserée and August Laube with specialties ranging from old master prints to modern and contemporary.
Two Women in a Boat by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner from Galerie St. Etienne
This fair also includes four dealers who will exhibit for the first time this year: Gerrish Fine Art, Stanza Del Borgo, Scholten Japanese Art and Bernard Jacobson Gallery. Among the renowned American dealers returning to the fold are Brooke Alexander, Pace Prints, David Tunick, Susan Sheehan Gallery, C.G. Boerner, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, Armstrong Fine Art, Dolan/Maxwell, and Hill-Stone.
“There is something for everyone at the Print Fair—the range is amazing,” said Smyth. “Seasoned or entry-level collectors can always find unique and varied pieces to chose from. I encourage people stepping into the art market to attend this fair. It's a great way to start building a collection.”
Harmenszoon Van Rijn by Rembrandt from Helmut H. Rumbler Kunsthandel Gallery
The IFPDA Print Fair opens with a benefit preview for the IFPDA Foundation at the Park Avenue Armory (Park Avenue & 67th Street) on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $85 and include a one-day pass.
Public fair hours are Thursday, November 6, through Saturday, November 8, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 9, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Daily admission is $20.