Bloomsbury Auctions, New York. Presents. Art Auction, Printmaking Demonstration, and Reception – A Benefit for Manhattan Graphics Center, Tuesday November 3, 2009, 6–9 pm

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David Storey, Centurion, Color lithograph, edition 8, 1998

David Storey, Centurion, Color lithograph, edition 8, 1998

The Manhattan Graphics Center is holding a no-reserve, no-buyer’s-commission, benefit auction of fine prints at Bloomsbury Auctions, New York. Available for bidding are over 400 fine prints by MGC members, a selection from the MGC archives, and donated works from fine print dealers, master printers, and well-known artist friends. The works, which represent over 150 artists, cover a wide range of printmaking materials and media and exhibit a breadth of subject matter and creative diversity seldom seen at fine print auctions. Some of the many notable artists represented include: Javier Arévalo, Will Barnet, Leonard Baskin, Richard Bosman, Ed Colker, David Collins, Eldzier Cortor, Lisa Dinhofer, Leonard Edmondson, BethGanz, Richard Haas, Valerie Hammond, Jeue Highstein, Paul Jenkins, Wolf Kahn, Shazaburo Kawai, Jane Kent, Vijay Kumar, Jesus Lazkano, Frederick Mershimer, Lothar Osterburg, Sarah Plimpton, Krishna Reddy, Katia Santibanez, Kiki Smith, Joseph Solman, David Storey, Ansei Uchima, Carol Wax, and Dan Welden. Bloomsbury Auctions, an international auction house specializing in rare books, fine prints and works on paper, has graciously made their site and services available for this one-of-a-kind fundraising event.

About the Manhattan Graphics Center

Founded in 1986 by 20 artists, Manhattan Graphics Center (MGC) is a not-for-profit fine art printmaking cooperative with over 200 members. Keyholder members volunteer to staff and maintain the facility, making it the most cost-efficient printmaking atelier in the metropolitan area. The professionally equipped studio, which includes six presses and a photo darkroom, is open 7 days a week, 40 weeks a year. Regular classes are available to members in all forms of fine art printmaking: etching, lithography, silkscreen, and woodcut, as well as other experimental methods. MGC also offers free classes for New York City high school students through a special grant program. The facility includes a gallery where members’ work as well as the work from other printmaking workshops is displayed. MGC exhibitions have included exchange shows with overseas printmaking workshops from India, Paris, Vienna, Krakow, Edinburgh, and, currently, the Netherlands. Because the building where MGC now resides is being sold, the organization must raise funds in order to relocate. This event is a unique opportunity learn about fine art printmaking, to acquire hand-pulled, fine prints at very affordable prices and to help MGC maintain its role as a vital center of creative expression in contemporary printmaking.

MGC Benefit Auction Preview Hours:

Friday, October 30, 10am-5pm
Saturday, October 31, 10am-5pm
Monday, November 2, 10am-5pm
Tuesday, November 3, 10am-5pm

These events are part of the New York Fine Art Print Week organized by the International Print Dealers Association in conjunction with the Annual IFPDA Print Fair.

To learn more about Manhattan Graphics Center please visit the MGC website:

Manhattan Graphics Center Benefit Print Auction and Printmaking Demonstration
Hosted by Bloomsbury Auctions, New York
6 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036

Manhattan Graphics Center Benefit Print Auction And Printmaking Demonstration

Hosted by Bloomsbury Auctions, New York
6 West 48th Street

New York, NY 10036
T: 212-719-1000
November 2, 2009; 6-9 p.m.

What is a Fine Print? By Richard Turnbull, Chairman of Art History, FIT and MOMA Lecturer

Printmaking Demonstration

Takuji Hamanaka will demonstrate traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking. Fred Mershimer will review the process of creating and printing an intaglio plate.

About the author

The Editor

Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts, an International Journal for the Arts and The Berkshire Review, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bostonia, Master Drawings, Drawing, Threshold, and North American Opera Journal, as well as numerous articles for scholarly and popular periodicals. He has taught courses in classics, the English language, and art history at Oberlin, Rutgers, New York University, the New School, and Williams. Currently, when he is not at work on New York Arts, he writes fiction, pursues photography, and publishes scholarly work. In 2011 he contributed an introductory essay to Leonard Freed: The Italians / exh. cat. Io Amo L’Italia, exhibition at Le Stelline, Milan, and wrote the revised the section on American opera houses in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is currently at work on a libretto for a new opera by Lewis Spratlan, Midi, an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea set in the French West Indies, ca. 1930.

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