Just walked around the corner from our office at 447 W. 24th St. to drop fabric samples at Gemini G.E.L.’s temporary space at 465 W. 23rd St. (while it’s new Chelsea Gallery is being prepared) and was glad to have a few minutes to view the beautiful framed prints displayed as part of their annual Private Sale Event. I think my personal favorite was the John Baldessari “Noses & Ears, Etc.”, hmmm or maybe the Jasper Johns Untitled Lithograph from 1992…or, an exciting surprise, Allen Ginsberg’s Untitled #3 from 1998. Then again, the 81″ wide Lichtenstein “La Sortie”, a 6 color wood cut from 1991, was hard to look away from…I may have to stop back, as it’s on view until October 1. Of course Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, like the other exhibitors, is busy preparing for the 2011 IFPDA Print Fair November 3-6 at the Park Avenue Armory, and we are all eagerly anticipating what they will have on view at the Print Fair this year!
Info on the 2011 IFPDA Print Fair: http://www.ifpda.org
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl: www.joniweyl.com
GEMINI G.E.L. AT JONI MOISANT WEYL was established in 1984 as the New York gallery exhibiting and representing the publications of the Los Angeles-based artists’ workshop, Gemini G.E.L. The gallery shows new editions as they are published, and has mounted many historical survey exhibitions, including A Tribute to Robert Rauschenberg: Prints and Objects; The Private Eye of Philip Guston: The Gemini Editions; Ellsworth Kelly: Diagonals and Panels 1970-1990; Claes Oldenburg: Editions in Two and Three Dimensions 1969-1995; Ken Price: Prints and Ceramics 1970-2005; Frank Stella: Prints from the 1960’s & 70’s; and Artists at Gemini G.E.L.: In Celebration of Gemini’s 25th Anniversary. The gallery began in a by-appointment loft space on Crosby Street, followed by a relocation to West Broadway in the heart of Soho during the years 1990 to 2000. In January 2007, after six years in midtown, the gallery moved to 980 Madison, where it remained until July 2011. The January 2012 relocation to 24th street in Chelsea will allow for a continuation of the gallery program on a grander scale. The gallery continues to organize special events in conjunction with its exhibitions, including book-signings, “Q & A”’s with the artist and Gemini printers, as well as private docent-led tours through related museum retrospectives. The gallery also participates in a number of local and international art fairs throughout the year and has been a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) for over 20 years.
Gemini G.E.L. began in 1966 as an artists’ workshop and publisher of hand-printed limited edition lithographs. Responding to the expanding interests of its artists, work began on its first sculpture edition in 1968 with Claes Oldenburg’s Profile Airflow, and in 1970, Frank Stella’s Pastel Stack was started as the first project in the screenprinting workshop. The etching workshop opened in 1977 and woodcuts were being made by 1980. Since 1966, Gemini has collaborated on major bodies of work with many of Contemporary Art’s most accomplished painters and sculptors.