Nicole Eisenman Announced as Speaker for the Artist in Conversation Series at the 2016 IFPDA Print Fair
Joined by Critic Faye Hirsch
Sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
Saturday, November 5th at 11:00am
Park Avenue Armory, New York
IFPDA Print Fair: November 3rd - 6th, 2016
NEW YORK, September 7, 2016 - The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) is pleased to announce the speakers for the 2016 IFPDA Print Fair's Artist in Conversation series. For its 25th anniversary, the Print Fair is delighted to welcome featured artist Nicole Eisenman who will be joined in conversation by critic and former Art in America editor Faye Hirsch. Free and open to the public through the generous support of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the Artist in Conversation series aims to honor and raise public consciousness about the unique ways in which contemporary artists use printmaking. This series is a cornerstone of the Print Fair's programming and provides an opportunity to hear from artists in their own words about the importance of prints in their artistic practice.
"We are thrilled to welcome Nicole Eisenman this year," said Michele Senecal, IFPDA Executive Director. "As an artist who has been intensely engaged with printmaking at various points in her career, she offers a fascinating perspective on the role of prints in her artmaking,"
While known best as a painter, Eisenman is also a prolific printmaker across multiple mediums including etching, lithography, monotype, and woodcut. In August 2011 she began a year-long endeavor where she focused solely on works on paper and print-making. A portion of this undertaking, a series of 45 large monotypes, made up her contribution to the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Ahead of embarking on this extensive project, Eisenman had visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view historical prints and it is the inspiration of these artists - Picasso, Beckmann, Goya - that can be seen in her print work. A hallmark of these works is the variation in theme, medium, and sentiment. Eisenman's monotypes exhibit bold figures, large busts and heads, and are the most reminiscent of her early drawings, while her etchings which are often scenes of bar rooms and beer gardens, bring to mind the German Expressionism of Dix or Beckmann.
Hirsch has remarked in regards to Eisenman that "it was as if [she] had sprung fully formed and armed from the head of the god of prints." With her extensive background in writing critically about prints, Hirsch brings a depth of knowledge and passion to the conversation that insures a in-depth and lively look at Eisenman's practice and print-making.
Thanks to the funding provided by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the Artist in Conversation series is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and may be reserved at no charge beginning October 10th on the IFPDA Print Fair website.
The IFPDA Print Fair is open to the public Thursday, November 3rd - Saturday, November 5th from 12:00 - 8:00pm, and Sunday, November 6th from 12:00 - 6:00pm. Tickets are $20 for daily admission and can be purchased ahead of time online or at the fair.
About Nicole Eisenman
Born in Verdun, France in 1965, Nicole Eisenman is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Eisenman holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and in 2015 was the winner of the MacArthur Foundation Grant. She was a participant of the 1995 and 2012 Whitney Biennial, and her work has been exhibited worldwide. Most recently she was the subject of two mid-career surveys, Al-ugh-ories at the New Museum, New York (2016), and Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993-2013 at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2014) - which later traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2015), and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2015). Eisenman's work is featured in the permanent exhibitions of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA; The Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Kunsthalle, Zurich, among others.
About Faye Hirsch
Faye Hirsch is an editor and critic who has published widely on contemporary art, with a specialty in prints. She received her Ph.D in the History of Art from Yale University in 1987, and from 2003 to 2013 she was a senior editor at Art in America. She publishes frequently in Art in Print magazine, and in 2013 she was recognized for her excellence in criticism by the International Print Center New York. She has taught at SVA, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Yale School of Art, among others, and she is presently an associate professor and director of the MFA program at the School of Art + Design, Purchase College, SUNY.
About The IFPDA & The IFPDA Print Fair
The IFPDA aims to promote a greater appreciation and a deeper understanding of fine prints among art collectors and the general public through the annual IFPDA Print Fair, as well as public programming, awards, and funding for institutions via its public charity, the IFPDA Foundation.
The IFPDA Print Fair was established in 1991, and has been held annually with the exception of 2001. Proceeds from the Fair support its educational programs and the IFPDA Foundation, which provides grants to museums and cultural institutions worldwide to support a greater awareness of prints as an artistic medium.
About the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
Sparked by a keen interest in the inventiveness of printmaking and carrying on a family legacy of collecting art, Jordan Schnitzer began collecting prints in 1988. Today, the Family Foundation's collection exceeds 9,500 works and includes many of today's most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country's largest private print collections overall.
The Foundation manages an active lending program aimed at making fine art easily available to qualified institutions in diverse communities. Examination of the artists in the collections and the collaborative process of printmaking is of particular importance and supported by educational and outreach grants. The Foundation also contributes to the field of artistic scholarship through the publication of exhibition brochures, texts, and print catalogue raisonnés.
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