The London Evening Standard gives a quick preview of the importance of the London Original Print Fair that opens on April 29th
Gordon Cooke, chairman of the London Original Print Fair, says that when the fair first started 25 years ago, people bought prints to keep in boxes at home, viewing the collection on a Sunday afternoon now and again. Things are rather different today. While it started with 16 exhibitors, this year the fair will welcome 67, and everyone seems to be agreed that we’re living in the golden age of print. “There’s a resurgence of interest in prints — many more people recognise their qualities, and various serious artists have become extremely enthusiastic about making them,” says Cooke. “People now realise that prints are a way of buying works by major artists without having to sell a large company in order to pay for it.” […] Back in London we find that the longest-running print fair in the world is also London’s longest-running art fair and in less than two weeks it will open for five days at the Royal Academy. There are works by Picasso, Hirst, Rembrandt, Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Antony Gormley, Peter Blake, Peter Doig, Eduardo Paolozzi, Goya — yes, Goya — Matisse and Eric Gill. The list goes on and on and, honestly, I would like to buy most of them.
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