This weekend art lovers are celebrating Art on Paper at Pier 36 in Manhattan. Nearly one hundred galleries have been invited to this annual event, that showcases works of art which are done on paper or constructed with paper.
A review of Art on Paper in The New York Times sheds light on why the event attracts so many art lovers and collectors:
Paper, as opposed to canvas, plaster, or steel, has a special resonance for anyone who ever went to elementary school — it’s the medium that makes us all remember when we were artists, too. For professionals, though, paper offers a thousand possibilities, from quick sketches to works as powerful and distinctive as painting on canvas.
— Jillian Steinhauer, The New York Times
Many of the artists whose works are in Surovek Gallery are masterful watercolorists and printmakers who depend on paper to create their artwork.
Pablo Picasso began creating prints in 1905, but it wasn’t until after World War ll that he began to expand his oeuvre and create lithographs, etchings, drypoints, lino cuts and woodcuts. He often worked with the Atelier Mourlot, an esteemed print workshop in Paris.
Art collectors around the world seek out the fine art prints, like Pique (Rouge et Jaune) that Picasso created.
One of America’s finest artists, the Guggenheim Museum is preparing a 2022 retrospective to showcase the more than sixty year career of Alex Katz. (Katz will celebrate his 93rd birthday this year).
Katz has focused on figure, landscape and flower paintings, creating his own unique style and rejecting the trends of art world that came and went.
His style appears simple, his colors flat, often bold and expansive, belying the sophisticated palette he uses in his printmaking.
Katz often uses dozens of colors during the printing process to get the clarity that defines his work. For Yvonne, a silkscreen, available at Surovek Gallery, he used 31 colors to obtain the effect that makes it a consummate Katz.
The PBS News Hour just aired a special feature on Jacob Lawrence, whose works are currently on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts and will be touring venues throughout the U.S. Lawrence, who died in 2000, was one of the most important African-American artists of the twentieth century.
Lawrence’s bold style, where he often painted directly on paper, add to the dynamic representations of his works, which focus on the history of black culture in America.
His works are part of the permanent collections of the Whiney Museum, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, MoMA and other major museums and galleries.
Scott Kelley travels from his home in Maine to study and paint the flora and fauna of South Florida.
Kelley’s recent works, Swamp, feel intimate, as if the viewer is peeking over his shoulder while he works, choosing his colors, his subjects and his mediums.
The Swamp series is less formal than many of the other elegant works of Scott Kelley, which are available at Surovek Gallery, and give us a clue to how the artist spends his time in the untamed parts of Florida.
Art on Paper at Surovek Gallery
Please contact us if you would like more information about the Art on Paper, or any of the other fine art works for sale at Surovek Gallery.
Jillian Steinhauer. The Thrill of Unpredictability at Two Art Fairs. The New York Times. March 5, 2020.
Jared Bowen. How painter Jacob Lawrence reframed early American history with ‘Struggle’. PBS News Hour. March 4, 2020.