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For immediate release

June 16, 2009

On Thursday, June 18, from 6-8pm,
please join IPCNY for the Opening Reception of:
New Prints 2009/Summer
Portraits - In Pursuit of Likeness

International Print Center New York presents New Prints 2009/Summer – Portraits: In Pursuit of Likeness in its gallery at 526 West 26th Street, Room 824, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Chelsea. On view from June 16 – July 31, the show consists of forty-seven pieces by thirty-six emerging to established artists, selected from a pool of nearly 1,200 submissions. A reception will be held at IPCNY on June 18, from 6-8 pm.

The Selections Committee for New Print 2009/Summer - Portraits  included Monroe Denton, Critic; Valerie Hammond, Artist; Kate McCrickard, Director, David Krut Projects; Evan Mirapaul, Collector; Donna Moran, Chair of Fine Arts (Graduate Department), Pratt Institute; and Sue Scott, Sue Scott Gallery.

New Prints 2009/Summer - Portraits  is the thirty-second presentation of IPCNY’s New Prints Program, a series of juried exhibitions organized by IPCNY four times each year, featuring prints made within the past twelve months by artists at all stages of their careers.  The exhibition represents a cross-section of some of the most exceptional printmaking today while continuing IPCNY’s commitment to provide an ongoing exhibition venue for contemporary prints and a major source of information about artists working in the medium.

The complete artists’ list is as follows: Amy Albracht and Cara Siik Benedetto, Joan Dix Blair, Claudio Bravo, Ellie Brown, Lauren Drescher, Benjamin Funke, Juan Garcia, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Red Grooms, Gary Groves, Joseph Hart, Daniel Heyman, Chika Ito, Amber Keig, Heather Kelly, Jon Kessler, Fawad Khan, Marc Lepson, Benjamin Levy, Mark Licari, Cynthia Lollis and Daniela Deeg, Rebecca Loyche, Barbara Madsen, Traci Molloy, Delilah Montoya, Portia Munson, ArdAn Özmenoglu, Christopher Rivera, Dora Rosenbaum, David Sandlin, Austin Shull, Rob Strati, Ivanco Talevski, and Blade Wynne.

Highlights of New Prints 2009/Summer - Portraits  include: Claudio Bravo’s Cráneo de elefante, a lithograph of a giant elephant skull resting on a table; Lauren Drescher’s Still Life, a chine collé etching of a child’s momento-mori portrait printed on antique ledger paper; Daniel Heyman’s I Arrived at Nasour and I Stopped and I Left Yarmulk Hospital for Care, portraits of two men that incorporate narrative texts of how war touched and altered their lives; Jon Kessler’s Suicide Bomber #1 and Suicide Bomber #2, scarily fragmented faces composed of pigment, paper pulp, and digital printmaking on handmade paper; and ArdAn Özmenoglu’s Ottomans, an installation of many 3x3 inch screenprints of emperors on Post-it® notes.

In addition to the many independent artists included in this show, the presses, publishers  and printshops represented are: Diane Villani Editions, Dieu Donné, ETC Press, Holding Her Shape Collects, Lower East Side Printshop, Marlborough Graphics, Serie Project, Inc., SOLO Impression, and Tamarind Institute.
With rare exceptions, prints included in IPCNY's New Prints shows are for sale. IPCNY refers potential purchasers directly to the artist, publisher, or gallery supplying the print. IPCNY requires no commission on sales.  
The New Prints Program is the core of IPCNY’s exhibition programming. New Prints 2000 launched the program in September 2000. To date, these thirty-two exhibitions have included work from over 1100 artists and 200 presses across the country and abroad.

International Print Center New York is a non-profit i nstitution founded to promote the greater appreciation and understanding of the fine art print worldwide. Through innovative programming, it fosters a climate for the enjoyment, examination and serious study of artists' prints – from the old master to the contemporary. IPCNY offers its members a program of workshop and gallery visits, and has established an informational website and Information Desk available to the public at the gallery. IPCNY depends upon public and private donations to support its programs.

The New Prints Program is funded in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts,  the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous funding is provided by The Greenwall Foundation.  A grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation supports IPCNY’s exhibitions programs.

IPCNY is grateful to the following foundations for their generous support which makes our programming possible: The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Porter Family Charitable Foundation, and The Reed Foundation.

Gallery hours through June are 11- 6 pm, Tuesday - Saturday. July hours are Monday – Friday, 11-6 pm.  For additional information, call (212) 989-5090 or vis it IPCNY's website www.ipcny.org.  New Prints 2009/Summer – Portraits: In Pursuit of Likeness will be posted and documented on the site together with prior exhibitions presented by IPCNY.  For further information regarding this exhibition, please contact Kendra Sullivan at kendra@ipcny.org.