Mar 14, 2013 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
In.Focus | Czech Printmaking: Tradition & HOLLAR Printmakers
Printmaker and writer Alena Laufrova presents works and printmaking practice of renowned Czech printmakers from the HOLLAR Association of Graphic Artists.
Printmakers of the HOLLAR Association of Czech Graphic Artists in Prague have long been valued worldwide for their exquisite works showcasing quality content and outstanding technical expertise. In connection with the print exhibition “The Spiritual Dimension in Czech Printmaking”, guest artist Alena Laufrova will discuss works of the HOLLAR’s printmakers, with a brief introduction of printmaking as fine art discipline by Katerina Kyselica.
The HOLLAR Association, a non-profit organization established in 1917 in Prague during World War I, has a long-standing tradition in fine art printmaking. Artist, printmaker and writer Alena Laufrova will introduce the HOLLAR Association and artists and printmakers of its past (including Frantisek Kupka, Vojtech Priessig or Josef Lada) and present. She will further discuss works of eleven contemporary artists whose work is part of the exhibition “The Spiritual Dimension in Czech Printmaking” on view at the Manhattan Graphics Center in New York from March 3-31.
Visit exhibition website for more information. www.kadsny.wix.com/czechprintmaking.
In conjunction with the exhibition “The Spiritual Dimension in Czech Printmaking“ at the MGC.
In collaboration with KADS NY.
Wenceslaus Hollar at
NYPL: Tour of Historic Etchings
Wednesday, March 13 | 10:30 – 11:45am
Friday, March 15 | 10:30 – 11:45am
Free and open to the public. Space is limited, RSVP is required.
Prominent seventeenth-century Bohemian draftsman, etcher and engraver Wenceslaus (Václav) Hollar was appointed teacher of drawing to the Prince of Wales, later King Charles II. He produced almost 3,000 etchings on many subjects. Join us for a tour of the New York Public Library’s print collection with Madeleine Viljoen, Curator of Prints at the NYPL, who will explain the importance of the Bohemian artist with original prints by Hollar in the Library’s outstanding collection.
Wenceslaus Hollar left his native Prague at the age of twenty. During a brief stay in Germany, he met the Earl of Arundel, who was traveling there on a mission from the English King Charles I and who invited him to come and work for him. Hollar subsequently spent many years in London, where he was appointed teacher of drawing to the Prince of Wales, later King Charles II. He specialized in topographical views and portraits, but is particularly celebrated for his unusual treatment of women’s costumes and subjects of natural history.
The tour is part of ‘In.Focus | Czech Printmaking’ – a week-long immersion into the realm of Czech printmaking, conceived around the exhibition of Czech printmakers from the HOLLAR Association of Czech Graphic Artists in Prague. The exhibition entitled “The Spiritual Dimension in Czech Printmaking” will be featured at the gallery of Manhattan Graphics Center link: www.manhattangraphicscenter.org from March 3-31. Visit exhibition website for more information. http://kadsny.wix.com/czechprintmaking.
The program is organized by KADS NY link www.kadsny.com, Czech Center NY, Manhattan Graphics Center link www. Manhattangraphicscenter.org and the HOLLAR Association of Czech Graphic Artists link www.hollar.cz.
Space is limited to 15 people for each date. RSVP to Katerina Kyselica at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space. Provide your name and phone number. Or, call 540-538-2931.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Print Room 306
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018-2788
Organized by KADS New link www.kadsny.com in partnership with Czech Center NY
Dimension in Czech Printmaking”
Exhibition at the Manhattan Graphics Center
March 3 – 31, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Curator’s Introduction and Opening Reception at Manhattan Graphics Center
Exhibition “The Spiritual Dimension in Czech Printmaking” features fine art prints by renowned contemporary Czech printmakers from the HOLLAR Association of Czech Graphic Artist in Prague. Over thirty etchings, lithographs, linocuts and mixed media works showcase the beauty of traditional Central European printmaking.
Spirituality as the individual’s inner path to understanding life is subjective and diverse, and so is the approach to the subject matter by the eleven Czech artists. Some of them present biblical themes of the Old and New Testaments, others show works whose origins dwell deep in the realm of the inner-self, often inspired by nature. Talent for and emphasis on drawing and illustration is present in all of the featured works.
The participating artists, whose works are in European and US public collections, private collections around the world and have received numerous national and international awards, are: Karel Demel, Eva Haskova, Helena Horalkova, Jan Kavan, Marketa Kralova, Alena Laufrova (curator), Pavel Piekar, Miroslav Posvic, Hana Storchova, Pavel Sukdolak and Nadezda Synecka.
Curator of the exhibition Alena Laufrova: " The exhibition does not aspire to be – and cannot be – representative of contemporary Czech printmaking as a whole. Yet it allows a showcase of the works of eleven Czech printmakers, the HOLLAR Association members, who, with other members, significantly contribute to the important position of printmaking in Czech society and have substantially influenced Czech printmaking. A number of the HOLLAR Association printmakers have represented Czech (and Slovak) printmaking in Europe as well as worldwide. They are artists whose works may be characterized by quality content and artistic value combined with outstanding technical expertise and skills. They show respect for traditional printmaking techniques and deliberately follow in the footsteps of their predecessors.”
The exhibition presents only a small number of works created by members of the HOLLAR Association, a non-profit organization located in Prague with a long-standing tradition. It was founded in 1917 and named after a prominent Bohemian Baroque draftsman, engraver and printmaker Wenceslaus (Vaclav) Hollar who lived most of his creative life in London, appointed a teacher of drawing to the Prince of Wales (later King Charles II).
The exhibition is organized by Manhattan Graphics Center in partnership with the HOLLAR Association of Czech Graphic Artists, Czech Center New York and KADS NY. It will travel to Savannah Center for Fine Art in Savannah, Georgia in May 2013.
A full color catalog accompanies the exhibition. Visit exhibition website for more information. www.kadsny.wix.com/czechprintmaking.
Manhattan Graphics Center
250 West 40th Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10021
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
Mar 14, 2013 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event