Jim Kempner Fine Art
New York, NY, USA
For the past 15 years, we have enjoyed the uniqueness of the Ink Fair at the Dorchester Hotel. The casual setting along an outdoor courtyard with its trickling fountain lends an intimacy which feels like we are entertaining old friends - and, gladly, this is often exactly what we are doing. At the 2010 Ink Fair, I ended up in the fountain and lost a sale to our good friend Glenn Dranoff - SEE The Madness Of Art, Season 2, Episode 4 (https://www.themadnessofart.com/season-2). In 2019, our best seller was a banana we taped to the front door of the hotel room. After a world-wide pause, we are excited to see what this year’s Ink Fair brings. We are excited to see old friends and to make some new ones.
Our room will be filled with a wonderful selection of contemporary art, including prints, paintings, and sculpture; work by contemporary masters and emerging and mid-career artists as well. We hope you will stop by, sit on the couch or on our outdoor patio. Have a sip of scotch, tequila, or Café Cubano and let’s talk art and life. We can't wait to see you again!
Charlie Hewitt, "Hopeful", 2019, 25' (Portland, Maine). Also available in 5', 8', 10' versions, within editions.
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There is an occupation known as painting which calls for imagination and skill of hand, in order to discover things not seen, hiding themselves under the shadow of natural objects, and with the hand, presenting to plain sight what does not actually exist. Begin, by decking yourselves with this attire: Enthusiasm, Reverence, Obedience, and Constancy.
- Cennino Cennini, "Il Libro dell’Arte", c. 1437
46 3/4 x 32 1/2"
Intaglio on Mulberry paper laid down on Arches en tout cas paper
Publisher: Universal Limited Art Editions Printer: John Lund, Keith Brintzenhofe, Shi Ji-Hong, Craig Zammiello, & Hitoshi Kido This is the third edition of "The Seasons". The etching plates used for this print were the same, reworked plates used for the first and second editions of this iconic series. For this edition Johns worked the plates, each, through numerous states before being satisfied. Then he configured them vertically for the final proof. After the printing of this third edition, the etching plates were then cut up and Johns reworked them again and again. The fourth edition appears with the cut up plates configured in the shape of a cross.
Edition of 59
Screw Arch Bridge (State III)
31 1/4 x 57 3/4"
Etching, aquatint, with additional monotype
Publisher: Multiples, Inc Printer: Patricia Brandstead and Yong Soon Min Provenance: Lois and Michael Torf Collection to present owner Exhibitions: "The Modern Art of the Print: Selections from the Collection of Lois and Michael Torf", May 5 - October 14, 1984, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Williams College Museum of Art; Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts Oldenburg was not really interested in making original prints until the late 70's when he went to Amsterdam and saw the prints of Rembrandt and Hercules Seghers. The "Screw Arch Bridge" was one of his first serious forays into printmaking. State I was a straight line etching. In State II Oldenburg added aquatint to give the image tone and depth and for State III he printed the plates in color and added watercolor monotype making each of the 25 in the edition unique. This can be seen in the buildings, trees, bushes, etc
Edition of 25
Right Down the Line
40 x 30"
Acrylic on wood panel
A young painter from Portland, Maine, with an MFA from Yale, Jenna considers herself a process-based painter. Her process often includes weeks of drawing to excavate an idea. She describes her process as "a series of methodical excavations... I move rhythmically to change the pace, pressure and intention through various ways of touching the surface... Painting is the ultimate way to study the world and absorb as much information as I can in order to put it back into my work." The rhythms and moods of music play a huge role in her work, from the rhythms felt while painting to music, to the titles of the paintings themselves.
Detail of: Claes Oldenburg, "Screwarch Bridge (State III)", 1980. Each of the 25 prints in this edition have unique monotyped additions of buildings, bushes, trees, etc
TBV Collage #13
38 1/2 x 45"
Mixed media on paper
Internationally known for his photographs of flowers, Beane is also an accomplished painter who often uses his paintings and collages as backdrops for his photo shoots. The "TBV" series is inspired by the dramatic deformations in the coloring of tulips caused by the "Tulip Breaking Virus". This virus is most famous for the market chaos it caused in The Netherlands in the early 17th century - "Tulip Mania".
42 3/4 x 45 1/2"
Lithograph and intaglio in colors with collage
Publisher: Universal Limited Art Editions Printer: Universal Limited Art Editions The images of Morocco within this print harken back to one of the most significant time periods in Rauschenberg's life - 1953 traveling through Italy and Morocco with his lover and fellow artist Cy Twombly. All the images here are Rauschenberg's own photographs - after 1979 he only used his own images in his work.
Edition of 37
Detail of: Paula Scher, "World Trade Routes", 2018