NEW YORK, NY.- Stendhal Gallery
presents Paula Scher: Maps Screenprints 2006-2010 from through March 27 2010. Schers limited edition screenprints are created with the highest quality fine art screen-printing technique, each realized with the same hand-drawn elegance of her painted maps. Using the highest quality paper and printing techniques available, these screenprints will last over 500 years and can be passed down for generations as highly collectible works of art.
Executed in an array of remarkable 30 40 colors, meticulous attention to detail, and with a wealth of knowledge like no map before, these stunning works are sought after by fine art collectors all over the world. The Limited Edition Screenprints Map Series is highly collectible and are an excellent way to build a contemporary art collection. Recently, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has acquired NYC Transit for their permanent collection. In addition, two of her limited editions prints recently sold at Auction at Phillips de Pury & Company.
Prints included in the exhibition are "India" (2010), "Europe" (2009), "NYC Transit" (2008), "China" (2008), "Manhattan at Night" (2008), "The United States" (2007), "The United States" (Blue) (2007), "The United States" (Red) (2007), "The United States" (White) (2007), "The World" (2006), "The Dark World" (2006), and "Africa" (2003). Stendhal Gallery is announcing the pre-publication of 3 New Paula Scher Limited Edition Map Screenprints "Israel", "South America" and "The World II". "Israel" release date is in the Spring of 2010, "South America" in Summer 2010 and "The World" II in Fall 2010. For a limited time, the screenprints will be available for the special pre-publication price of $3,500.
Made in collaboration with Andy Warhols master printer Alexander Heinrici, each screenprint is printed on Deluxe Lana Quarelle paper, hand-made in the Vosges region of France. Their crisp, matte colors and intricate detail makes the text that crawls across Schers maps come to life. The artist is involved in every step of the printing process, redrawing new plates in the same style as the master print makers throughout art history. Each Limited Edition Screenprint is inspected, signed, numbered and dated by the artist, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Hand-printed on monumental hand-made paper measuring up to 60 x 40, entire cities, countries, and continents are saturated with layers of elaborate lines, explosions of words, and vibrant colors. These complex and alluring screenprints reflect the unrestrained approach to artistic practice that has made Paula Scher one of the most provocative figures in the contemporary art and design world. The maps are a highly personal re-imagining of the useless information that bombards us through every form of media. As art practices are turning increasingly towards digital imagery and manipulation to achieve their desired means, Schers hand-pulled screenprints are unabashedly expressionistic. The determination to visually realize a problematic space with a high degree of formal elegance and graphic finesses is a new take on the highly charged aesthetic of Modernism.
Recently, Paula Scher has been commissioned by the Percent For Art Program for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs to paint two murals in the atriums of Metropolitan High School in Queens, a new public school building that houses four high schools. The murals will be installed for the opening of the school in the Fall 2010. The Percent For Art Program, established in 1982 selects professional, fine artists to create permanent public art in City-owned buildings.
Paula Scher is a partner at Pentagram Design, Inc., where she has created identities for companies from the New York Public Theater to Citibank, among many others. Schers work has been exhibited in the worlds leading museums including the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Denver Art Museum, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. In addition, two of her limited editions prints recently sold at Auction at Phillips de Pury & Company. She has taught for over two decades at the School of Visual Arts, and held positions at Cooper Union, Yale University and the Tyler School of Art. In 2002, Princeton Architectural Press published her career monograph Make It Bigger. Scher is an active member of the Art Commission of the City of New York.