Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair 2010

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APRIL 23–25, 2010

Minneapolis, MN. April 6, 2010—This month the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) kicks off its highly popular Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair with a Benefit Preview on Thursday, April 22. The fair will continue on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23–25, 2010, in the museum’s Target Wing Reception Hall. This year’s fair includes twelve prominent dealers from the United States and Europe offering a wide selection of museum-quality prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, monotypes, and artist’s books for sale.

Four dealers have joined the Fair this year adding new platforms of interest. The Robert Brown Gallery in Washington, D.C. specializes in contemporary art, in particular the works of artist William Kentridge, whose work is currently the subject of a major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and who is rapidly gaining widespread public attention. A leading dealer in 20th-century German art—especially Expressionism—Jörg Maass of Germany will attend this year’s fair. The William Shearburn Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri, brings an exceptionally refined eye to contemporary prints and drawings. The Tolman Collection, in New York, the leading publisher of contemporary Japanese prints, will participate for the first time.

The museum’s Print and Drawing Curatorial Council presents this annual event to encourage collecting in the Twin Cities and to raise funds for permanent-collection acquisitions and educational programs. Visitors, from beginners to experienced collectors, will discover an abundance of works on paper in a variety of styles, periods, and price ranges.

The Print and Drawing Fair gets off to an exciting start with a special Benefit Preview and Reception on Thursday, April 22, from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Catered by D’Amico & Sons, the preview party enables guests to meet the participating dealers in a casual atmosphere with first choice of this year’s offerings. MIA curators Tom Rassieur, Dennis Michael Jon, Rachel McGarry, and Lisa Dickinson Michaux will be on hand to assist visitors in making their selections. Hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a cash bar will be available.

Participants in this year’s fair include:
Armstrong Fine Art, Chicago, specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century French prints, featuring a group of contemporary figural printmakers; James A. Bergquist, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, bringing Old Master and modern prints, 15th through 19th century; C.G. Boerner, New York, trading exclusively in works on paper, prints, and drawings from the 16th to early 20th century; Robert Brown Gallery, Washington D.C., specializing in 20th- and 21st-century European and American prints and works on paper and vintage Chinese advertising posters; Eric G. Carlson Fine Prints and Drawings, New York, with works on paper circa 1790—1930; Thomas French Fine Art, Fairlawn, Ohio, with American and European master prints and drawings, Japanese color woodcuts, and works from the George Bellows Trust; Kunsthandel Jörg Maass, Berlin, Germany, purveyor of German expressionist prints and 19th-and 20th-century European prints and drawings; Marlborough Graphics, New York, publisher of prints, maintaining a large inventory of works by emerging and established artists; Paramour Fine Arts, Franklin, Michigan, featuring 20th-century American prints (including WPA, African American, and Arts & Crafts), and British, European, and Latin American fine prints; William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, focusing on contemporary master prints and works on paper; Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints, Seattle, specializing in ukiyo-e and modern Japanese woodblock prints, including shin hanga and sosaku hanga; and The Tolman Collection, New York, bringing work from contemporary Japanese printmakers renowned for their creativity, technical excellence, and limited editions.

Fair hours: Friday and Saturday, April 23—24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 25, noon to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $5 general admission; $3 museum members and students with IDs; free admission for members of the Print and Drawing Curatorial Council, and children 12 and under. Tickets are available on the days of the fair at the information desk in the Third Avenue lobby or at the door to the fair on the third floor of the Target Wing. Tickets are available online at www.artsmia.org/print-drawing-fair now.

Benefit Preview and reception tickets are $40 for members of the Print and Drawing Curatorial Council, $45 for museum members, and $50 for the general public. To order tickets please call the Member’s Hotline at (612) 870-6323, between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.artsmia.org/print-drawing-fair.

The 2010 Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair is presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Art’ Print and Drawing Curatorial Council and generously supported by Lowry Hill.

About the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), home to one of the finest encyclopedic art collections in the country, houses nearly 80,000 works of art representing more than 5,000 years of world history. Highlights of the permanent collection include European masterworks by Rembrandt,
Poussin, and van Gogh; modern and contemporary paintings and sculpture by Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Stella, and Close; as well as internationally significant collections of prints and drawings, decorative arts, Modernist design, photographs, and Asian, African, and Native American art. General admission is always free. Some special exhibitions have a nominal admission fee. Museum hours: Sunday, 11 a.m.—5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.—9 p.m.; Closed Monday. For additional information, call (612) 870-3000 or visit www.artsmia.org.