Whether one fancies woodcuts by Dürer or screen prints by Andy Warhol, there are plenty to be seen in New York and its environs, not to mention you’re just a plane flight away from the print rooms and dealers in Europe.
Sculpting Life at The Met Breuer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., hold the finest collections of 15th-century prints in America. The British Museum houses one of the most comprehensive collections anywhere and has an online database unmatched in depth, scope and accessibility. Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam are home to other must-visit print rooms.
Print Fairs and Dealers
The IFPDA (International Fine Print Dealers Association) holds a five-day fair every autumn in Manhattan. In addition to bringing together many of the best dealers from around the world, the fair features five centuries of prints and welcomes newcomers and seasoned collectors alike. It is a fantastic opportunity to get one’s feet wet at every level. To guide the uninitiated, member dealers are listed on the IFPDA website.
In America, Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Sotheby’s and Swann all have regular print sales.
Print Quarterly publishes papers by renowned scholars, as well as peer reviews of exhibitions and print-related publications—essential reading for inquiring minds, expert or neophyte. Art in Print examines every aspect of the print world, including contemporary printmakers and timely topics pertaining to the subject.
Priceless advice to new collectors
Buy nothing for a year except books and read a lot. Look up past auction sales online, including prices realized. Visit museums and print rooms in person and online. Go to an IFPDA Print Fair. Attend some auctions. Look, listen and learn. Ask curators, dealers and other collectors lots of questions. And when you can’t stand it anymore, buy your first print.