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CONTACT: Ashley Peel Pinkham, 215-735-6090 x2
Well Hung: The Print Center Annual Auction
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm
Auction Preview and Online Bidding: www.printcenter.org
Exclusive Champagne Preview: Saturday, December 7 at 5:00pm
A Wonderful Opportunity to Support a Creative Organization,
Collect Exceptional Art and Enjoy a Fabulous Party!
PHILADELPHIA: Well Hung: The Print Center Annual Auction will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm with an Exclusive Champagne Preview beginning at 5:00pm. The Print Center, one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prestigious nonprofit cultural institutions, aims to raise $45,000 to support its outstanding visual art and education programs. Board of Governors President, Hester Stinnett said, “This will surely be our biggest and best auction in years. It’s going to be a great party, and we look forward to welcoming members of the art community, and individuals visiting for the first time.” This is a wonderful opportunity to support a valuable organization, buy original artwork and holiday gifts and enjoy a fabulous party!
This year The Print Center is working with New York City auction house, Paddle8, to feature all of the auction items online, which will open up the bidding to collectors from all over the world. Onsite Guests will bid using iPad kiosks installed throughout the galleries. The exclusive Champagne Preview begins at 5:00pm, giving guests a first look at auction items and the chance to close bidding by selecting the ‘Buy It Now’ option. We are pleased to welcome Garces Catering as the exclusive caterer of the Champagne Preview.
The Auction features pieces from over 125 renowned artists including: Andrea M. Baldeck, Ed Baynard, David Graham, Red Grooms, David Hockney, Henry Horenstein, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Sarah McEneaney, Claes Oldenburg, Doug + Mike Starn, William Wegman and many more. Goods and services up for bid will include tickets, gift certificates and products from the best area hotels, restaurants and retailers including a fabulous South African Safari vacation package.
Proceeds from The Print Center Auction fund exhibitions featuring local, regional and international artists and all of The Print Center’s intriguing programs. Tickets are $25 in advance ($35 on December 7). The event will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres and libations. The exclusive Champagne Preview begins at 5:00pm and tickets are $100. Preview and bid online at www.printcenter.org starting November 25. For more information or tickets, please call Ashley Peel Pinkham, Assistant Director, at 215.735.6090 x2.
Demetrius Oliver: Canicular
January 10 – March 22, 2014
Thursday, January 9: Gallery Talk 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA: For nearly 100 years, The Print Center has supported printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts and encouraged the appreciation of the printed image in all its forms. In January,ideas of form, function and appreciation will be challenged when The Print Center unveils Canicular, a major new exhibition by New York artist Demetrius Oliver. Curated by John Caperton, The Print Center’s Jensen Bryan Curator, the exhibition is a direct response to Caperton’s request for Oliver to think as expansively as possible about what constitutes a print, and reflects the artist’s longtime desire to create an installation requiring a radical shift in the typical functions of an organization and its gallery spaces. "This poetic and whimsical exhibition raises provocative questions about audience expectations of the gallery experience," notes Paula Marincola, Executive Director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. "We are pleased that we could support this new commission; it is yet more evidence of the richness and vibrancy of Philadelphia's cultural offerings."
Canicular includes a video installation that will consist of a projected, live-feed from a high-power telescope focused on Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. The video will be projected in a round structure, built within one of The Print Center’s galleries, to resemble a small observatory. The live-feed will come from a telescope mounted on the roof of The Franklin Institute, one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States. The exhibition will also include a related, multipart video installation and a sculptural telescope crafted from 5 gallon paint buckets. The Print Center is working closely with Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer at The Franklin Institute, to make sure the stars will align for this exhibition – literally!
The term canicular is used to describe things pertaining to dogs, and is often used in reference to Sirius, the Dog Star. The converted galleries will only be open for one hour each night to coincide with the rising of Sirius in the night sky. The Print Center’s gallery spaces will not be open during regular hours but will only be open from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, weather permitting (clear skies are required for viewing). A sign featuring a photographic image of dog fur created by Oliver, visible from the street, will be illuminated to announce when the exhibition is on view. An audio component, composed and performed by the artist on a dog whistle (and therefore inaudible to human ears), will also be broadcast from the front of the building during viewing times.
Oliver has become known for creating elegant, improvisatory, site-specific installations using photography, sculpture and video. Many of his works have included celestial imagery, metaphorically linking the moon (which is associated with the metal silver) and the silver process of traditional photography. For each exhibition opportunity presented to him, the artist has created a new piece, moving gracefully between media; he is gradually building an increasingly complex and resonant body of work.
An accompanying publication will include essays by Michelle White, Curator, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, and Caperton, and will be designed by Chad Kloepfer and Jeff Ramsey of Kloepfer-Ramsey in close collaboration with the artist. This will be the first book-length publication dedicated solely to Oliver. A number of related programs will also be presented by The Print Center, including a performance by artist and musician Terry Adkins, with whom Oliver studied at the University of Pennsylvania; an evening of readings by experimental writers interested in the links between science and culture curated by Temple University’s Jena Osman; and a lecture by Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer, The Franklin Institute, on the lore and meaning of Sirius and other aspects of the night sky.
The exhibition will be on view at The Print Center from January 10 – March 22, 2014, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and is free and open to the public. The opening reception is Thursday, January 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a gallery talk by John Caperton at 6:00 p.m. Demetrius Oliver: Canicular has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Print Center supports printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts and encourages the appreciation of the printed image in all its forms. The Print Center presents a variety of programs for the public including exhibitions; The Print Center Gallery Store, which offers the largest and most diverse selection of contemporary prints in Philadelphia; the longest running annual international competition for prints and photographs in the country; and an extensive series of education programs and special events.