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Pulled In Brooklyn

Apr 04 Through Jun 15 | Thu |
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Curated by Roberta Waddell & Samantha Rippner with Consulting Printer Luther Davis April 4–June 15, 2019 Press Preview, Thursday, April 4, 10–11:30 AM Opening Reception, 6–8 PM, featuring live demonstration by Kayrock Screenprinting

--- International Print Center New York is pleased to announce its highly anticipated spring exhibition Pulled In Brooklyn, co-curated by Roberta Waddell and Samantha Rippner, in consultation with printer Luther Davis. This exhibition is the first in-depth exploration of the vibrant network of artists, printers, and workshops that has developed and flourished in Brooklyn since the early 1990s. This monumental exhibition is also IPCNY’s first to occupy two adjacent spaces, more than doubling the scale of its previous presentations. "IPCNY is thrilled to spotlight Brooklyn as home to a deep network of printers and workshops, from Greenpoint and Williamsburg to Bushwick and Crown Heights," says Director Judy Hecker, "with a collective can-do ethos that has supported innovation in the borough and in contemporary art."

Works by 101 artists created across twenty-six printshops and book arts workshops reveal a close-knit and generous community, supported by a collaborative spirit and a network of shared expertise. Motivated by problem solving, the printers in all these shops approach printmaking like a puzzle, enabling artists to deconstruct how they see and create their work through invention across traditional processes and new technologies. If a technical solution is elusive, printers can call upon the experience and resources of their local peers. The innovative nature of these prints—reflected in the close collaboration between printers and artists—is apparent in the varied works on view, from artist books and affordable screenprints and relief prints, to complex, mixed media editions and unique works. In his essay for the exhibition guide, Luther Davis muses that "the show's title speaks to the action of pulling a print, while also denoting the magnetic-like forces that Brooklyn has for printers."

The history of Brooklyn as a hub of industry situates the borough as an ideal nexus for print production. Many of these shops occupy former factories or are in neighborhoods that were once major ports for shipping, retaining an architectural record of their industrial and mercantile past. As a borough in constant flux, the vitality of these shops is established and supported by professional and personal connections, academic training, mentorships, lively networking, and a mutual passion for the medium. Anchored by creativity, ingenuity, and technical expertise of the printer, the works on view speak to the continued relevancy of printmaking to artists in Brooklyn and beyond.

View the full list of Publishers and Artists, as well as updates on public programs, at

Image: Alex Dodge. 'In the wake of total happiness,' 2013. UV screenprint with braille texture on museum board. Sheet: 20 x 32 inches. Edition: 30. Printed by Luther Davis, Axelle Editions; published by Forth Estate Editions. Image courtesy the artist, Forth Estate Editions, and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. © 2019 Alex Dodge

Venue: International Print Center New York

508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, 5A Map