“The Fine Art Print Fair is thrilled to be back in the River Pavilion at the Javits Center for the second time, building on last year’s tremendous momentum and success.”

The 2018 edition of the Print Fair will be held in the River Pavilion at the Jacob K. Javits Center in the Hudson Yards District of New York City, October 25-28th. The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) is the authority on fine art prints and their connoisseurship and collection.

Now with more than 160 members in thirteen countries, members of the IFPDA reflect a worldwide community of expert art dealers from old master to contemporary as well as publishers of editions by internationally renowned contemporary artists.
Through its network, online presence, and public programs, the IFPDA fosters knowledge and stimulates discussion about collecting prints in the public sphere and the global art community. The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, held annually in New York City, is the largest and most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking. The annual IFPDA Book Award honors scholarly excellence and original research. The IFPDA also advances research, education, and dialogue for a new generation through its charitable Foundation.

A print is a work of graphic art which has been conceived by the artist to be realized as an original work of art, rather than a copy of a work in another medium. Prints are produced by drawing or carving an image onto a hard surface (known as a matrix) such as a wood block, metal plate, or stone. This surface is then inked and the image is transferred to paper or another material by the application of pressure, thus creating an impression, or print. The printed image that results is the exact reverse of the image on the plate.

Unlike paintings or drawings, prints usually exist in multiple impressions, each of which has been created from the same inked plate. Artists began to sign and number each impression around the turn of the 20th century to ensure that only the impressions they intended to make would be in circulation. The set of identical impressions (prints) made from an individual matrix created by the artist, either working alone or in conjunction with a master printer are called an edition. Plates are not to be used in subsequent printmaking runs without the artist’s explicit authorization. The process of printing the edition is therefore just as important to the authenticity of a print as the act of inscribing the image onto the plate.


The earliest prints were made in China in the ninth century, around the time that paper was invented. Later, contact between Asia and Europe facilitated the spread of this form of art-making, and by the fifteenth century printmaking had become popular all over Europe. After the introduction of moveable type in 1437, text and printed images began to appear in conjunction and were used together with growing frequency to create illustrated books. Prints also continued to be made separately and were considered their own unique art form, distinct from painting and drawing.

Traditionally there are two categories of prints: original, or fine, prints and reproductive prints. Original or Fine Prints are created by an artist to be a work of art in its own right. That is to say, the artist creates original compositions and visual imagery, rather than copying another work of art. Artists are trained in any number of printmaking methods to yield distinctive appearances in their creations. The artist’s choice of a technique or a combination of techniques depends on the specific effect the artist wishes to achieve.

Reproductive prints reproduce a work created in another medium, for example painting. This kind of print was in high demand from about the sixteenth century forward, often used in artists’ studios as inspiration or to ensure consistency in representations of certain subject matter, such as religious or biblical scenes. The practice of copying a famous work of art using a printmaking process was not considered forgery and in fact was quite common. In the nineteenth century, with the advent of photography and photomechanical processes of reproduction, cheaper and more accurate reproductions of works of art could be made and so traditional printmaking as a form of reproducing a painting fell into disuse.

Five distinguished first-time exhibitors – Flying Horse Editions (Orlando), Galeria Toni Tàpies – Edicions T(Barcelona), Galerie Maximillian (Aspen), Hauser & Wirth (New York), and Moeller Fine Art Ltd. (New York) – will be making their debut at the Fair.











Founded in 1987, the International Fine Print Dealers Association is a non-profit organization of expert art dealers dedicated to the highest standards of quality, ethics and connoisseurship. The IFPDA has grown to include nearly 160 members in 13 countries, whose areas of specialization range from old master and modern to contemporary prints, including publishers of prints by renowned contemporary and emerging artists. The IFPDA aims to promote a greater appreciation and a deeper understanding of fine prints among art collectors and the general public through the annual Fine Art Print Fair, as well as public programming, awards, and funding for institutions via its public charity, the IFPDA Foundation.

The Fine Art Print Fair was established in 1991, and has been held annually with the exception of 2001. Proceeds from the Fair support its educational programs and the IFPDA Foundation, which provides grants to museums and cultural institutions worldwide to support a greater awareness of prints as an artistic medium.

2018 exhibitors:

Advanced Graphics London | London, United Kingdom
Alan Cristea Gallery | London, United Kingdom
Alice Adam Ltd. | Chicago, IL
Arion Press | San Francisco, CA
Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo | Mexico City, Mexico
August Laube Buch & Kunstantiquariat | Zürich, Switzerland
Belgis-Freidel Fine Art, Ltd. | Syosset, NY
Bernard Jacobson Graphics | London, United Kingdom
Brooke Alexander| New York, NY
C.G. Boerner | New York, NY
Carolina Nitsch | New York, NY
Childs Gallery | Boston, MA
Crown Point Press | San Francisco, CA
David Tunick, Inc. | New York, NY
Dolan/Maxwell | Philadelphia, PA
Durham Press, Inc. | Durham, PA
Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints & Drawings | Burbank, CA
Emanuel von Baeyer – London | London, United Kingdom
Flowers | New York, NY / London, United Kingdom
Flying Horse Editions | Orlando, FL
Frederick Mulder Ltd | London, United Kingdom
Galeria Toni Tàpies – Edicions T | Barcelona, Spain
Galerie Maximillian | Aspen, CO
Galerie Sabine Knust | Munich, Germany
Gallery Neptune & Brown | Washington, D.C.
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl | New York, NY
Goya Contemporary/Goya-Girl Press | Baltimore, MD
Graphicstudio USF | Tampa, FL
Harris Schrank Fine Prints | New York, NY
Hauser & Wirth | New York, NY
Helmut H. Rumbler Kunsthandel | Frankfurt, Germany
Hill-Stone, Inc. | South Dartmouth, MA
Isselbacher Gallery |New York, NY
Jim Kempner Fine Art | New York, NY
Joel R. Bergquist Fine Arts | Stanford, CA
John Szoke | New York, NY
Krakow Witkin Gallery | Boston, MA
Lelong Editions | Paris, France
Marlborough Graphics | New York, NY
Martinez D. | Paris, France
Mary Ryan Gallery | New York, NY
mfc-michèle didier | Paris, France
Mike Karstens | Muenster, Germany
Mixografia ® | Los Angeles, CA
Moeller Fine Art Ltd. | New York, NY
Niels Borch Jensen Gallery & Editions | Copenhagen, Denmark / Berlin, Germany
Osborne Samuel Ltd. | London, United Kingdom
Pace Prints | New York, NY
Paragon | London, United Kingdom
Paramour Fine Arts | Franklin, MI
Paul Prouté | Paris, France
Paulson Fontaine Press | Berkeley, CA
Paul Stolper Gallery | London, United Kingdom
Paupers Press | London, United Kingdom
Polígrafa Obra Gráfica | Barcelona, Spain
Pratt Contemporary / Pratt Editions | Kent, United Kingdom
R.S. Johnson Fine Art | Chicago, IL
Roger Genser: The Prints and the Pauper | Santa Monica, CA
Ruiz-Healy Art | San Antonio, TX / New York, NY
Scholten Japanese Art | New York, NY
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery | New York, NY
Shark’s Ink. | Lyons, CO
Sims Reed Gallery | London, United Kingdom
Sragow Gallery | New York, NY
Stanza Del Borgo | Milan, Italy
Stoney Road Press | Dublin, Ireland
Susan Sheehan Gallery | New York, NY
Susan Teller Gallery | New York, NY
Tamarind Institute | Albuquerque, NM
Tandem Press | Madison, WI
The Art of Japan | Medina, WA
The Old Print Shop, Inc. | New York, NY
The Redfern Gallery | London, United Kingdom
The Tolman Collection | New York, NY
Thomas French Fine Art | Fairlawn, OH
Two Palms | New York, NY
Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc. (ULAE) | Bay Shore, NY
Ursus Books, Ltd. | New York, NY
Weyhe Gallery | Mt. Desert, ME
William Weston Gallery Ltd. | London, United Kingdom
Worthington Gallery | Chicago, IL


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