Minneapolis Print & Drawing Fair 2011

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Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair 2011
at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
April 15–17, 2011

Minneapolis, MN, March XX, 2011—Now in its 18th year, the MIA’s annual Minneapolis Print & Drawing Fair is the premier opportunity in the Twin Cities to browse or purchase great works of art. Hundreds of original works of art on paper—ranging from Old Masters to contemporary—are available for purchase from some of the world’s top dealers. The fair kicks off with a Benefit Preview on Friday, April 15, and continues over the weekend in the museum’s Target Wing Reception Hall. Fair hours on Saturday and Sunday, April 16–17 are 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. and admission is free for the first time this year.

Visitors, from beginning to experienced collectors, will discover an abundance of works on paper in a variety of styles, periods, and price ranges. Works from Rembrandt and Picasso, as well as some of today’s emerging artists will be available for purchase. MIA curators Thomas E. Rassier, Dennis Michael Jon, and Rachel McGarry will be on hand to offer their insights and assistance.

Friday night’s Benefit Preview and Reception takes place from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. provides guests with a casual atmosphere and first choice at the fair’s offerings. Hors d’oeuvres by D’Amico & Sons, live music by Michael Gold and Jazz Impact, and a hosted bar will be available. Tickets for the preview are $100 for the general public; $75 for MIA members; $50 for Prints and Drawings Affinity Group enthusiasts; and free for Prints & Drawings Affinity Group collectors. To purchase tickets, call (612) 870-6323, or visit www.artsmia.org/print-drawing-fair.

Participants in this year’s fair include:
George Adams Gallery, New York, post-war and contemporary works on paper; Armstrong Fine Art, Chicago, nineteenth- and twentieth-century French prints and contemporary figural prints; James A. Bergquist, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, Old Master and modern prints; C.G. Boerner, New York, Old Master and modern prints and drawings; Eric G. Carlson Fine Prints & Drawings, New York, prints and drawings, c. 1790–1930; Thomas French Fine Art, Fairlawn, Ohio, American, European, and Japanese prints and drawings; Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis, contemporary print publisher and collaborative workshop; Kunsthandel Jörg Maass, Berlin, German expressionist and other modern prints and drawings; Marlborough Graphics, New York, contemporary prints and drawings; Pace Master Prints, New York, classic modern prints; Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc., New York, American and British prints and works on paper, 1920 to the present; and Charles M. Young Fine Prints & Drawings LLC, Portland, Connecticut, modern and contemporary prints and drawings.

The museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings presents this annual event to encourage collecting in the Twin Cities and to raise funds for permanent-collection acquisitions and educational programs.

Fair hours: Saturday and Sunday, April 16—17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Fair is FREE.

The 2011 Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair is presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Art’ Department of Prints and Drawings 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.
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