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2011 sees the 26th anniversary of the London Original Print Fair, which is indeed the longest running fair specialising in prints anywhere in the world. In its inaugural year in 1985, the Fair had a mere 16 exhibitors – this year, the number has grown to an impressive 50 plus. The venue this year is the Royal Academy of Arts.
Tuesday 19th April open 10am – 9pm
Wednesday 20th April open 10am – 9pm
Thursday 21st April open 10am – 6pm
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BD
Chairman, Gordon Cooke, who is also a Director of The Fine Arts Society of London, established the Fair in 1985. He specialises in Modern British Prints. Since 1987, Helen Rosslyn has organised the Fair as its Director.
As in previous years, all eras of printmaking will be represented at the Fair, ranging from the earliest woodcuts of Dürer and other notable contemporaries to the modern graphic prints of Hockney and Hirst. Work on sale range from £100 to over £100 000.
As part of the Fair, there will be a Printmaking Lecture. This year’s lecture, entitled “Talking Turk”, will be presented by artist Gavin Turk and art critic Louisa Buck in the John Madejski Fine Rooms, Royal Academy of Arts, on Tuesday, 19th April. Turk’s work has contained within it the themes of democracy and authorship in art and his presentation will be concerned with the methods of printmaking and its importance in his work. A new print will also be released especially for the Fair.
Also included in this year’s programme are other talks, demonstrations and children’s workshops.
The London Original Print Fair has been touted as “…by far the best place to buy prints…” by Richard Dorment of the Daily Telegraph Review.
Mark your calendar for this special event!