Jim Kempner Fine Art

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05/28/2021

Jim sings a fond adieu to the 2021 spring edition of the IFPDA Print Fair. You have 45 more minutes to view our booth - link below. In the coming weeks, follow our Instagram as we continue to highlight the various printing presses, Master Printers, publishers and artists that make the world of printmaking such a rich adventure - they make us feel ALIVE.⁠


https://www.fineartprintfair.org/spring-2021-fair-booth/jim-kempner-fine-art

"All these years I have worked only with people I wanted to work with, people I was interested enough in and I felt I co...
05/25/2021

"All these years I have worked only with people I wanted to work with, people I was interested enough in and I felt I could introduce to a different medium. I observed their work for a while because I never jump into an adventure. I watched Jasper Johns for two years before I had the courage to approach him. I saw his show at the Modern and twice at Castelli. His work was irresistible, so I wrote him a letter. I assumed I would have an answer in three days. One day from here to New York, one day he would reflect and another day I would have my answer. I waited and waited and felt every ship was burned. I was completely lost. It had to be Jasper Johns or my life was ended, finito! Perhaps a week later he called from South Carolina to say he had received my letter and that as soon as he came back to New York he would see me. A few days later he called to say he would come at this and this time. So I was sitting at that time waiting for Jasper Johns. I didn’t know how he looked. Suddenly in dashed this adolescent boy who says, 'Can you tell me where I can find 5 Skidmore Place?' I thought, Oh God, what does he want from me? I wait for Jasper Johns. I said, 'This is 5 Skidmore Place.' He looked at me and said, 'My name is Jasper Johns.' I couldn’t believe it, this kid was Jasper Johns." ⁠
- Tatyana Grosman in an oral interview transcribed in "Particular Passions: Tatyana Grosman", by Lynn Gilbert with Gaylen Moore; published by Lynn Gilbert, 1981. ⁠

JASPER JOHNS⁠
"Watchman", 1967 ⁠
Lithograph in 5 colors⁠
on Angoumois a la Main paper⁠
36 x 24”⁠
Edition of 40⁠
Publisher: ULAE⁠
Printer: Zigmunds Priede - Priede printed for ULAE from 1962 - 1978. He is an artist, master printer and professor.⁠

To inquire about this work, DM us or contact us at 212-206-6872 or [email protected]

For our complete IFPDA Print Fair exhihbition "7 Decades | 42 Artists" visit our fair booth: https://www.fineartprintfair.org/spring-2021-fair-booth/jim-kempner-fine-art

"Make their mark, they did, and so did Tatyana Grosman. Only seven years after ULAE published its first edition, ninety-...
05/25/2021

"Make their mark, they did, and so did Tatyana Grosman. Only seven years after ULAE published its first edition, ninety-seven of its editions were chosen for the exhibition that inaugurated the new graphic galleries at the Museum of Modern Art. From that point on a series of grants were established enabling MoMA to acquire the first print of every ULAE edition, a tradition that still continues today.⁠

Part of the ULAE magic involved lunch:⁠

"Lunch became a tradition for a number of reasons, inspired by the Grosman's European background, and because after suffering a heart attack, Maurice was advised by a doctor not to eat too heavily late in the day. Tanya also decided that the printers, who were engaged in strenuous labor, would benefit from the mid-day recess. Lunches soon became feasts around the kitchen table, or in the yard under the catalpa tree. On any given day the lunch table would host guests (museum curators, gallery owners, writers and collectors), an artist, the printers, and staff, all sharing a meal and conversation. Food selection varied widely depending on who was working. For instance, on days when Bob Rauschenberg visited it was more like a party for the first few hours, with extravagant food (often lobsters for everyone) and wine being served to him and his entourage before starting work that lasted well into the wee hours of the next morning."⁠

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG⁠
Water Stop, 1968⁠
Lithograph in 5 colors with embossing⁠
on J. Whatman 1961 paper⁠
54 x 32”⁠
Edition of 28⁠
Publisher: ULAE⁠
Printer: Fred Genis, Donn Steward & Timothy Huchthausen⁠

🔶To inquire about this work, please DM or contact us at 212-206-6872 or [email protected]🔶⁠

Quotes and photo from ULAE website.⁠

🔶⁠🔶⁠VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO VIEW OUR IFPDA PRINT FAIR BOOTH - WWW.JIMKEMPNERFINEART.COM🔶⁠🔶

"No songs here.  Just artists playing off of each other's energy."                            -NY1 Reporter Roger Clark ...
05/21/2021
The third member of this jazz band? A painter.

"No songs here. Just artists playing off of each other's energy." -NY1 Reporter Roger Clark

"1000W"
AN EFFORT TO RAISE $100,000 FOR THE JAZZ COMMUNITY, HARD HIT BY THE PANDEMIC.

"...I am also very much listening to what they are playing, and it is impacting what I am painting."
-artist Jim Watt about "1000W" his creative collaboration with jazz trumpeter Antoine Drye, Drye's curated ensemble of musicians, and photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch.

"I feel like the synergy between us has just been remarkably sort of natural and flawless."
-Antoine Drye

"...listening to the music that's being played and filming in a way that's like responding to what they're doing together."
-Danny Clinch

To purchase, please visit www.jimkempnerfineart.com

Project aims to Raise $100K for struggling jazz musicians.

05/19/2021

"...printmaking is a much more strange and alien affair than we have been led to believe. ...print is very much alive in its deep impact on modern and contemporary art across media."⁠
These are two premises so elegantly explained by Harvard Professor Jennifer L. Roberts in her presentation for the 70th annual "A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts", hosted by the National Gallery of Art. ⁠

If you are at all interested in printmaking, its history or pending future, carve out some time to delve into these 6 wonderful lectures - the link is in our bio. ⁠

Then, visit our webpage and our IFPDA Print Fair page for our 7 Decades | 42 Artists show that highlights printmaking since 1960. ⁠

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https://www.nga.gov/research/casva/meetings/mellon-lectures-in-the-fine-arts/roberts-2021.html

https://www.fineartprintfair.org/spring-2021-fair-booth/jim-kempner-fine-art

▪️7 DECADES OF PRINTMAKING: 42 ARTISTS▪️Our current gallery exhibition opens today with the launch of the IFPDA's "Sprin...
05/14/2021

▪️7 DECADES OF PRINTMAKING: 42 ARTISTS▪️
Our current gallery exhibition opens today with the launch of the IFPDA's "Spring Edition" of the Print Fair. Over the coming weeks of the show, via social media and beyond, we hope to highlight some of the fascinating aspects of the great institution that is printmaking.

From Jim Kempner:
"In 1981, when I was a 26-year-old, living in LA, and working 1000 hours a week opening up the first Bed, Bath (and Beyond) store west of New Jersey, I happened upon a small classified ad in the LA Times offering prints by a number of artists, including Miro. I knew little of the artworld besides what I had seen in museums, but I knew as soon as I could afford it I wanted a colorful Miro. So, I called the number and
went to visit the private art dealer selling Miro prints. It was Jack Rutberg. He spent 2 hours showing me every kind of print imaginable, from 18th/19th-century Goya prints to 20th-century Picassos and everything in between. Lithographs, etchings, mezzotints, woodcuts, etc. A lesson worthy of a bachelor's degree. He must have recognized something in me that made him spend the time. The world that Jack opened up for me would change the course of art history - okay, maybe I'm
exaggerating, but it did change the course of my life. I left Jack's - my mind ablaze with printmaking - and, after 6 years devouring everything I could on the subject, I found myself a private art dealer as well.

Now, four decades later, I have put together the exhibition "7 Decades of Printmaking: 42 Artists" as a sort of homage to the rich, rewarding world of printmaking. Starting May 10th, in the gallery at 501 W. 23rd St., online and via social media, we will try to open up this world to all who are interested, as Jack Rutberg so passionately opened it up for me."

🔷To view our IFPDA page: https://www.fineartprintfair.org/spring-2021-fair-booth/jim-kempner-fine-art🔷

JIM WATT"1000W""A collaboration of art, music and film.  An artist using jazz as an inspiration for his unique paintings...
05/14/2021

JIM WATT
"1000W"

"A collaboration of art, music and film. An artist using jazz as an inspiration for his unique paintings, raising money to help musicians who have been struggling with the pandemic." -NY1 and Roger Clark

Photo of the Jims and Danny strutt'n their stuff. (Jim Watt, Jim Kempner and Danny Clinch. Off camera are the awesome musicians Antoine Drye and Mike Noordzy)

For information on the project and how to purchase some of these wonderful ink wash paintings, visit us: https://www.jimkempnerfineart.com/1000watts

JIM WATT
"1000W"

"A collaboration of art, music and film. An artist using jazz as an inspiration for his unique paintings, raising money to help musicians who have been struggling with the pandemic." -NY1 and Roger Clark

Photo of the Jims and Danny strutt'n their stuff. (Jim Watt, Jim Kempner and Danny Clinch. Off camera are the awesome musicians Antoine Drye and Mike Noordzy)

For information on the project and how to purchase some of these wonderful ink wash paintings, visit us: https://www.jimkempnerfineart.com/1000watts

A Louise Bourgeois engraving titled "Progression"  ⁠⁠On personal stationary dated August 6, 1990, Bourgeois noted: " 'Pr...
05/11/2021

A Louise Bourgeois engraving titled "Progression" ⁠

On personal stationary dated August 6, 1990, Bourgeois noted: " 'Progression' is a visual rendering of the thought: / tomorrow will be better. / Louise Bourgeois." ⁠

(From "Louise Bourgeois: Complete Prints & Books", accessible via MoMA's website)⁠
______________________⁠
British journalist, Rachel Cooke (@msrachelcooke), interviewed Louise Bourgeois in 2007 at the time of Bourgeois' Tate Modern retrospective, and she asked this brilliant question:⁠

RC: Your parents worked with tapestry, and you initially studied mathematics. Some critics have traced both these influences in your work. How separate is the mathematician in you, from the artist, or are the two intimately connected?⁠

LB: My love of geometry is expressed by the formal aspect of my work. From the tapestries, I got this large sense of scale. I learned their stories, the use of symbolism and art history. The restoration of the tapestries functioned on a psychological level as well. By this I mean that things that have broken down or have been ripped apart can be joined and mended. My art is a form of restoration in terms of my feelings to myself and to others.⁠

(Rachel Cooke 'My art is a form of restoration' in "The Guardian", 14 Oct. 2007.)⁠
________________⁠
To inquire about purchasing, contact [email protected] or call 212.206.6872.⁠ ⁠

"Progression", 1990⁠
Engraving with selective wiping, and chine collé, on wove Arches paper⁠
16 3/4 x 10 7/8”⁠
Signed and dated⁠
Edition 27⁠
(Version 2 of 2, only state)⁠

This work is in the collection of several major museums, including:⁠
The British Museum, London⁠
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN⁠
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC⁠
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York⁠
MoMA, New York⁠

A Louise Bourgeois engraving titled "Progression" ⁠

On personal stationary dated August 6, 1990, Bourgeois noted: " 'Progression' is a visual rendering of the thought: / tomorrow will be better. / Louise Bourgeois." ⁠

(From "Louise Bourgeois: Complete Prints & Books", accessible via MoMA's website)⁠
______________________⁠
British journalist, Rachel Cooke (@msrachelcooke), interviewed Louise Bourgeois in 2007 at the time of Bourgeois' Tate Modern retrospective, and she asked this brilliant question:⁠

RC: Your parents worked with tapestry, and you initially studied mathematics. Some critics have traced both these influences in your work. How separate is the mathematician in you, from the artist, or are the two intimately connected?⁠

LB: My love of geometry is expressed by the formal aspect of my work. From the tapestries, I got this large sense of scale. I learned their stories, the use of symbolism and art history. The restoration of the tapestries functioned on a psychological level as well. By this I mean that things that have broken down or have been ripped apart can be joined and mended. My art is a form of restoration in terms of my feelings to myself and to others.⁠

(Rachel Cooke 'My art is a form of restoration' in "The Guardian", 14 Oct. 2007.)⁠
________________⁠
To inquire about purchasing, contact [email protected] or call 212.206.6872.⁠ ⁠

"Progression", 1990⁠
Engraving with selective wiping, and chine collé, on wove Arches paper⁠
16 3/4 x 10 7/8”⁠
Signed and dated⁠
Edition 27⁠
(Version 2 of 2, only state)⁠

This work is in the collection of several major museums, including:⁠
The British Museum, London⁠
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN⁠
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC⁠
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York⁠
MoMA, New York⁠

“No one needs me to be painting, so I have to be the one to motivate myself.”  -Pirello, in an interview with Provinceto...
05/08/2021

“No one needs me to be painting, so I have to be the one to motivate myself.”
-Pirello, in an interview with Provincetown's "Banner" correspondent Ann Wood.

We need you to paint, Jenna! The lauded writer Jeanette Winterson (@jeanette_winterson)reminds us that "[w]hat art does is to coax us away from the mechanical and towards the miraculous. The so-called uselessness of art is a clue to its transforming power. Art is not part of the machine. Art asks us to think differently, see differently, hear differently, and ultimately to act differently...".

COME SEE JENNA PIRELLO'S EXHIBITION
"INSIDE AND OUT"
AT JIM KEMPNER FINE ART TODAY!!!!

Jenna Pirello (jpirello)
"Heat", 2020
Acrylic on wood
32 x 24 x 1"
_________________________
Ann Wood's 2018 article is entitled, "Jenna Pirello paints to a ‘Slow Disco’" (@provincetownbanner)
Jeanette Winterson.”Liza Lou.”April 10th, 2006, http://www.jeanettewinterson.com/journalism/liza-lou/.

“No one needs me to be painting, so I have to be the one to motivate myself.”
-Pirello, in an interview with Provincetown's "Banner" correspondent Ann Wood.

We need you to paint, Jenna! The lauded writer Jeanette Winterson (@jeanette_winterson)reminds us that "[w]hat art does is to coax us away from the mechanical and towards the miraculous. The so-called uselessness of art is a clue to its transforming power. Art is not part of the machine. Art asks us to think differently, see differently, hear differently, and ultimately to act differently...".

COME SEE JENNA PIRELLO'S EXHIBITION
"INSIDE AND OUT"
AT JIM KEMPNER FINE ART TODAY!!!!

Jenna Pirello (jpirello)
"Heat", 2020
Acrylic on wood
32 x 24 x 1"
_________________________
Ann Wood's 2018 article is entitled, "Jenna Pirello paints to a ‘Slow Disco’" (@provincetownbanner)
Jeanette Winterson.”Liza Lou.”April 10th, 2006, http://www.jeanettewinterson.com/journalism/liza-lou/.

FINAL PERFORMANCE!!  LAST CHANCE!!!  FREE!!!⁠⁠Tonight, after months of rehearsals, these 3 actors will perform their fin...
05/07/2021

FINAL PERFORMANCE!! LAST CHANCE!!! FREE!!!⁠

Tonight, after months of rehearsals, these 3 actors will perform their final Zoom-production of Yasmina Reza's play "Art". You won't want to miss this. ⁠

Grab your popcorn, wine and pjs, and tune in.⁠
7:30PM - ZOOM - register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hJAkyYZGSq6ivLB4liwdPg


Jim Kempner as Serge - (@jimkempner or @jimkempnerfineart or @themadnessofart) ⁠
Chris Redman as Yvan - (@redcrumbs) ⁠
Paul Whelihan as Marc - (@paulwhelihan) ⁠

Any donations will go to @pushcart_players, an award-winning professional touring theater company specializing in arts in education for children. Founded 1974.⁠

FINAL PERFORMANCE!! LAST CHANCE!!! FREE!!!⁠

Tonight, after months of rehearsals, these 3 actors will perform their final Zoom-production of Yasmina Reza's play "Art". You won't want to miss this. ⁠

Grab your popcorn, wine and pjs, and tune in.⁠
7:30PM - ZOOM - register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hJAkyYZGSq6ivLB4liwdPg


Jim Kempner as Serge - (@jimkempner or @jimkempnerfineart or @themadnessofart) ⁠
Chris Redman as Yvan - (@redcrumbs) ⁠
Paul Whelihan as Marc - (@paulwhelihan) ⁠

Any donations will go to @pushcart_players, an award-winning professional touring theater company specializing in arts in education for children. Founded 1974.⁠

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