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The Fine Art of Engraving [Video]

From Albrecht Durer to Pablo Picasso, the technically precise fine art of engraving has been practiced by various masters throughout the decades of art history. Park West Gallery artist Linda Le Kinff often incorporates the traditional methods of printmaking and engraving into her contemporary works of art. Watch Le Kinff in her studio in France as she demonstrates this intricate artistic medium:

Exclusive artwork by Linda Le Kinff is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwest-lekinff.com.

Art News — July 18, 2011

Marilyn-Monroe-Sculpture-unveiled-in-Chicago“Forever Marilyn” will stand through Spring 2012 in Chicago. Credit: UPI 

“Forever Marilyn” in the Windy City:
Artist Seward Johnson‘s 26-foot high sculpture of Marilyn Monroe was unveiled Friday in Chicago’s Pioneer Court. Spectators haven’t wasted any time walking around—and underneath—the massive replica of the actress, positioned in her famous stance from the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch.” {via Chicago Tribune}

Obama borrows a Rockwell painting: On Friday, President Obama met with Ruby Bridges, the subject of Norman Rockwell‘s iconic civil rights painting, The Problem We All Live With. The painting is currently on loan to the White House in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Bridges’ famous walk Nov. 14, 1960. (Read more: Park West Gallery stories featuring Norman Rockwell) {via NOLA}

Now on view: Through October 11, 2011, the National Galleries of Scotland presents Dürer’s FameAlbrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was the most important artist of the Northern Renaissance and one of the most celebrated artists of all time. This exhibit showcases a selection of drawings, paintings and iconic prints, including Melancholy, Saint Jerome in his Study and Knight, Death and the Devil. (Read more: Park West Gallery Artist Biographies | Albrecht Dürer) {via National Galleries of Scotland}

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Defining Beauty: Albrecht Durer at the Morgan

Albrecht Durer, Morgan Library and MuseumAlbrecht Dürer, detail from “Abduction on Horseback” (1516).

“What beauty is, I know not,
though it adheres to many things.”
—Albrecht Dürer

The Morgan Library & Museum
May 14 through September 12, 2010

New York, NY—Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), preeminent master of the German Renaissance, transformed drawing in Northern Europe. Using his unrivaled talent as a draftsman and the force of his powerful artistic personality, Dürer tirelessly promoted drawing as a medium, creating works of exceptional beauty and remarkable technical skill.

Now, in an exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum, eight extraordinary drawings by Dürer demonstrate the variety and dynamism of his draftsmanship. Exhibitions focused on Dürer’s drawings are rare, and this occasion marks the first time in more than twenty years that the Morgan’s outstanding Dürer holdings will be displayed together. Also included are prints and treatises by the artist.

In his pursuit of beauty, Dürer devoted careful attention to every aspect of artistic production. On view in the exhibition are a woodcut, its associated woodblock, and a letter to the patron for whom it was made. In the letter Dürer wrote, “Please let it be as it is. No one could improve it because it was done artistically and with care. Those who see it and who understand such matters will tell you so.”

Learn more about this exhibition at www.themorgan.org

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The Park West Gallery masterworks collection is one of the world’s finest and includes rare artworks by Albrecht Dürer, one of the greatest printmakers of all time. View collection highlights »


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The Printmaker’s Art

Albrecht Durer, Park West Gallery, fine art printsDetail from Albrecht Dürer’s ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” from “The Apocalypse: Revelation of Saint John the Divine'” (ca. 1497).

EDINBURGH — A collection of iconic prints by some of the finest European artists of the past 500 years is on view at the National Gallery of Scotland. The skills of artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya and Albrecht Dürer, are on display in The Printmaker’s Art, which showcases some of the most beautiful and intricate prints ever made. Exhibit highlights include an impression of Dürer’s celebrated woodcut The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Rembrandt’s tour-de-force etching, The Three Crosses.

The exhibition website explains:

“Prints are made by drawing onto a surface such as a woodblock, metal plate or lithographic stone, and then transferring the image, using a variety of means, onto a separate sheet of paper.  Over the centuries, artists have exploited a diverse range of printmaking techniques to create an array of distinctive effects that cannot be achieved in any other medium.  In the process many great artists, such as Blake, Goya and Toulouse-Lautrec, have produced prints that are considered to be among their most brilliant and influential works.

The 30 works on display have been selected not only for their exquisite beauty, but also to trace the development of printmaking techniques over the centuries, and to demonstrate the sophisticated processes that led to their creation.” 

The Printmaker’s Art is on view through May 23. For more information on this exhibit, please visit www.nationalgalleries.org

As the demand for rare works by the greatest of the Old Masters continues to escalate throughout the world, Park West Gallery is pleased to offer timeless and historic works by some of the most important artists of all time. Please visit the Park West Gallery fine art collection online to view selections by master printmakers including Rembrandt, Goya and Dürer.


The Evolution of Printmaking from Masters to Modern Artists

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If you were to survey the Park West Gallery Collection, among other media, you’d find many works of art categorized as various types prints – lithographs, serigraphs, etchings, engravings and giclees – for example. The printmaking medium is often misunderstood or unfortunately dismissed as an inferior method of producing artwork. The truth is, printmaking fosters a unique method of artistic expression and provides great advantages to an artist in terms of being able to easily produce and distribute their original works to the masses. 

During the Renaissance, printmakers created woodcuts, engravings and etchings after notable paintings (Read about The Art of Etching at the Park West Gallery | Rembrandt website). Artists began altering compositions and creating prints after their own works and throughout modern art history, masters including Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, embraced and advanced printmaking techniques. Contemporary artists of today are continuing to develop the field using advanced technology and processes.

Art historian, author, and art critic Joseph Jacobs writes of contemporary artist Itzchak Tarkay‘s use of printmaking:

“Because they are multiples as opposed to unique works of art, prints, quite mistakenly, are often considered a secondary medium. But in Tarkay’s hands it is clear they are not. One look at a work such as In the Lounge, and it can be immediately seen that the artist has a powerful affinity for the physicality of the printer’s ink that virtually transforms this silkscreen into a painting. We can see and feel the three-dimensionality of the ink; it is rich and unctuous, like oil paint. We would hardly know that the pigment was squeezed onto the paper through a fine screen as opposed to being applied with a brush.

Tarkay’s prints are testimony to the extraordinary technical richness of printmaking and the degree to which it can be transformed into a medium of great personal expression. The artist has turned printer’s ink into oil paint, varnish, glazes, watercolor, wash, gouache, graphite, pen and ink, brush and ink, crayon and charcoal. The artist’s touch is so prominent, it is hard to believe that for any print there could be another example that is even similar in appearance.”

(Read the full essay at the Park West Gallery | Tarkay website)

In the Footsteps of Masters: The Evolution of the Reproductive Print, a new exhibit at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, examines the role of printmaking in the development of visual culture. Open through May 23, the exhibition covers a span of 500 years, featuring approximately 80 European and American prints from the 15th to the 20th century.

On view are original prints by artists Albrecht Dürer, Jusepe De Ribera, Edouard Manet, Jean-Baptiste Corot, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, William Blake, Francisco Goya and Grant Wood, and others made after the works of famous masters such as Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Annibale Caracci, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer, Jan Van Eyck, Titian, Michelangelo and others.

For more information on this exhibit, please visit www.art-dma.org


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Albrecht Durer: Virtuoso Printmaker

Famed German draftsman, painter and writer, Albrecht Dürer, is best known for his exquisite, intricate woodcuts and engravings. Dürer’s name is included among art history’s Old Masters, and he continues to earn renown for his innovative, skillfully-executed works. Visit www.parkwestgallery.com to learn more about the Park West Gallery – Old Masters Collection.

BOSTON, MA — The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents Albrecht Durer: Virtuoso Printmaker. Albrecht Dürer was the pivotal figure of Late Gothic and High Renaissance German art. He remains, after 500 years — like Rembrandt, Goya, and Picasso — one of the supreme masters of printmaking. His engravings and woodcuts are a dazzling combination of observation, imagination, and technical virtuosity.

Albrecht Durer: Virtuoso Printmaker is a choice selection of some 45 works from the MFA’s outstanding collection including iconic prints, such as the engravings Adam and Eve (1504), Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), and the woodcut of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1497-98). Lesser-known but equally compelling engravings, such as The Prodigal Son amid the Swine (1496) and the Coat of Arms of Death (1503), document Dürer’s remarkable powers of observation as well as his vivid imagination. A newly acquired early impression of the rare woodcut The Beheading of St. Catherine (1498) joins a lineup of great impressions of the artist’s single-sheet woodcuts from the 1490s.

The exhibition also features selections from Dürer’s celebrated woodcut series, including The Large Passion and The Life of the Virgin, his innovative experiments with new media, including the etching of the Landscape with the Cannon (1518) and the drypoint of St. Jerome by the Pollard Willow (1512), and books he authored and illustrated on human proportion, drawing devices, and fortification.

Albrecht Durer: Virtuoso Printmaker is now on view through July 3, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.mfa.org


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Albrecht Dürer: Impressions of the Renaissance

Famed German draftsman, painter and writer, Albrecht Dürer, is best known for his exquisite, intricate woodcuts and engravings. Dürer’s name is included among art history’s Old Masters, and he continues to earn renown for his innovative, skillfully-executed works.

Learn More About Albrecht Dürer at Park West Gallery Artist Biographies >>

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Albrecht Dürer: Impressions of the Renaissance, an exhibition organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, features 41 works celebrating the world of Albrecht Dürer, one of the greatest artists of the Northern Renaissance.

With keen curiosity and limited education, Albrecht Dürer interacted with leading humanists and scholars of the northern Renaissance, an exciting period when the spread of resurrected texts and classical art sparked a fashionable cultural revolution in his native Nuremberg. Their discussions and friendships informed many of his prints, which became monuments in the history of printmaking.

Ideas Dürer confronted in his prints stem in part from his conversations with these scholars and their knowledge of ancient and contemporary literature made available in first and newly published editions. The rise of humanism, revived classical sources, and new theological writings attracted Dürer and propelled his portraits of scholars as well as his renderings of saints, biblical figures, classical gods and goddesses, sea monsters, satyrs, Satan, and Death.

Albrecht Dürer: Impressions of the Renaissance is now on view through December 24, 2009.

For more information, please visit fllac.vassar.edu


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Decoding the Durer in Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol

Albrecht Dürer – the famed German draftsman, painter and writer – is best known for his exquisite, intricate woodcuts and engravings. Dürer’s name is included among art history’s Old Masters, and he continues to earn renown for his innovative, skillfully-executed works. Park West Gallery Artist Bios >>

Albrecht Durer. Melencolia I (detail). ca 1514.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA / (StarTribune.com) — If you’re curious about that Albrecht Dürer print that pops up on page 263 in The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown’s latest bestseller, you can hop over to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and find it hanging in Gallery 316.

Tom Rassieur, the museum’s print curator, said he hasn’t yet read the book but got a tip that Dürer’s 1514 image Melencolia I plays a role in the plot, so he got it out of storage and hung it.

“Durer is easily among the greatest artists of all time and a real favorite of mine,” said Rassieur. “That print is rife with symbols but I think it’s also a psychological self-portrait that expresses the frustration of a creative genius…”

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