The Weekend the Prints Took Over

Nearly 800 works of art were submitted. Only 57 made the cut.

To kick off its 2012 season, Highpoint Center for Printmaking is going blockbuster, hosting its first ever nationally juried show. This means that, starting this Friday, you will be able to see some of the best printmaking that’s happening in the country right now. The best. No joke.

“Says who?” you ask.Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Well, says the jurors, Mark Pascal and Susan Inglett. And they would certainly know. Pascal is a curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Inglett is the founder of New York City’s prestigious Editions|Artists’ Book Fair, the nation’s premiere print showcase for publishers and dealers. The two traveled to Minneapolis this winter—during the two coldest days of the year, natch—to get a feel for Highpoint’s still new-ish, 10,000-square-foot digs. They pored over about 800 submissions, which came from 42 states. The result is an epic taking-of-the-pulse for contemporary printmaking, a medium that has seen its market plunge in recent years.

“Prints are dead. Long live prints!” said Inglett, who trumpeted the exhibition’s focus on “creative and unusual use” of traditional printmaking techniques. “What you see here is just the tip of the iceberg. Keep in mind that the mass lurking below the surface is a force to be reckoned with.”

Stand Out Prints 2012
On display February 24–April 14
Opening reception Friday, February 24 6:30–9 p.m.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St.,  highpointprintmaking.org

New Flanders Gallery
In other print news, Douglas Flanders, the great flannel-wearing savant of local art collecting, has announced he’s reviving his old art space, Uptown’s late, great Flanders Gallery. The new space is located right next door to Highpoint, and, in a serendipitous Bobbsey Twins twist, its grand opening exhibition will also be this Friday….and it’s also a print show.  

Check the press release (below), and note that Flanders is also hinting at a new showroom in International Market Square.

Grand Opening… Come help us celebrate!

This coming Friday, February the 24 from 6-9:30 p.m.

Please stop by and see us at our new gallery location in Uptown! While you are here you can meet the new Gallery Director Japheth Storlie, as well as the new Gallery Director for the space at International Market Square (coming soon) Genie Castro. We are located at 910 West Lake Street (right next door to Highpoint Center for Printmaking). We will have refreshments for you to enjoy while perusing the gallery and viewing the current show: The Art of the Print, an awesome collection spanning 50 years of fine art printing. We hope to see you there! Also, check out our new website at flandersart.com

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