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Umbra: New Prints for a Dark Age


  • International Print Center New York 508 West 26th Street, 5A New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

Selected by Alison Saar July 11–September 28, 2019

Press & Members Preview: Thursday, July 11, 5–6 PM
Reception & Artist Talks: Thursday, July 11, 6–8 PM

INTERNATIONAL PRINT CENTER NEW YORK (IPCNY) is pleased to present Umbra: New Prints for a Dark Age. The exhibition is part of our New Prints Program, a platform to showcase international printmaking in the current moment. Selected by 2019/Summer artist-juror Alison Saar, the exhibition features 44 artists from Canada, Germany, Greece, India, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

An umbra is the deepest, darkest part of a shadow. During the selection process, Saar described how she was “immediately taken by the number of prints that reflected the somber atmosphere of our times,” which made the metaphor of the umbra a unifying concept. Through technically dynamic approaches to print in sculpture, animation, books, and paper, the works respond to contemporary and often historically pervasive concerns around race, gender, labor, and land. Saar reminds us that “some works are angry, some pained and some are healing and hopeful, but all are passionate about the precarious state of our troubled times.” These artists employ methods of response and resistance that conjure the hope that this precarity is temporary. The pattern of history has often shown dark periods preceding periods of enlightenment, indicating that these artistic mediations are paving the way toward a brighter future—one that is more just, balanced, and inclusive.

To mark the milestone of this sixtieth New Prints exhibition, IPCNY will be expanding the New Prints Artist Development Program, now in its fifth cycle, by nominating two Artists-in-Residence for the first time, along with one Artist Mentorship awardee and three Sponsored Coursework awardees. The six awardees of the program will be announced at the opening reception on July 11. For additional information on Public Programs and to shop works from the exhibition, visit ipcny.org/umbra.

ARTISTS: Topher Alexander, Ioannis Anastasiou, Miguel A. Aragón, Linda Behar, Daniel Berman, Tia Blassingame, Douglas Collins, Miguel G. Counahan, Renee Cox, Amirah Cunningham, Maria de Los Angeles, Holly Downing, Camila Escobar Vélez, Christine Garvey, Brian Gonzales, Debra Jenks, Aaron Krach, Krystle Lemonias, Eddy A. López, Inês Martins, Anna McNeary, Jessica Mehta, Judy Mensch, Stephanie Mercado, Brooke Molla, Lynsey Nelson, Shivam Pawar, Laura Post, Bozica Radjenovic, Jacoub Reyes, Seth Roby, Jose Hugo Sanchez, Zorawar Sidhu, Robynn Smith, Cassandra Stancil Gunkel, Johanna Tiedtke, Max Valentine,

Sandy Walker, Elizabeth M. Webb, Carolyn Webb, Ella Weber, Mary Windley, Cameron York, and Roksana Żelazkiewicz.

PRESSES & PUBLISHERS: EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY; Griffelkunst- Vereinigung Hamburg e.V., Hamburg, Germany; Primrose Press, Los Angeles, CA; The W.O.R.K.S., Vallejo, CA; and Zopilote Inc. Heliográfica Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico.