Beginning an art collection can be intimidating, especially if you are working with a tight budget. One of the best ways to start is through prints and posters. Luckily, many of the most popular artists on the market are also some of the most prolific printers, working in a diverse set of techniques such as lithography, etching, screen printing, and woodblock printing. Similarly, poster art is illustrious of mankind’s history, reflecting its spirit, technical and social developments and cultural heritage. For the past 10 years, an interest in this art form has been on the rise.
If you are looking to begin or expand your art collection, be sure to check out the extensive selection of limited edition prints and posters by ArtWise. Their collection now holds some of the most exquisite Modern and Contemporary Art prints, including those by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann.
Shirin Neshat - In Deference
An Iranian contemporary artist, Shirin Neshat focuses her art practice on the Muslim women both in universal and personal ways, questioning their position and identity in the Iranian society. Working in photography, performance, film, and video, she explores the relationship between women and the religious and cultural value systems of Islam.
In this particular work, the artist touches upon the polite submission expected from Iranian women. Continuing her exploration of the complex relationship between the physical state and the psychological one, Neshat examines gesture and expression in literal and metaphoric terms.
Ilya Bolotowsky - Lincoln Center Institute
The American painter, sculptor, muralist, teacher, and filmmaker of Russian origins, Ilya Bolotowsky was in search of philosophical order through visual expression. Throughout his career, he embraced cubism and geometric abstraction and was much influenced by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.
The work in question was made in 1980 as part of the Lincoln Center/List Poster and Print Program which was established to make contemporary art of the highest quality available to the public. Bolotowsky was one of the leading artists who took part in commemorating Lincoln Center events and series through fine print editions and collectible posters.
Josef Albers - The 10th New York Film Festival
A renowned German abstract painter and color theorist, Josef Albers was one of the most influential pioneers of the 20th-century modernism. In his abstract canvases, he employed rigid geometric compositions in order to emphasize the optical effects set off by his chosen color palettes.
Albers emigrated to the United States in 1933 after the Nazi regime closed the Bauhaus school where he was a prominent teacher. He designed this poster in 1972 as an advertisement for the 10th NY Film Festival. It belongs to the series of 144 signed and numbered prints.
David Hockney - Artcurial, Gregory Evans
Considered one of the most successful and recognized artists of our time, David Hockney has redefined the medium of painting during over six decades of creation. He is known for stylistic versatility, which presented a whole new creative dimension by an artist who always chose to set his own norms.
An avid portraitist throughout his entire career, Hockney has painted, drawn, or printed hundreds of portraits since the mid-1960s. This particular piece is the first release exhibition poster for his 1979 exhibition Artcurial in Paris. It depicts Gregory Evans, curator and Hockney’s one-time romantic partner and longtime friend. Throughout his career, Evans served as a consistent model, inspiration, and support.
Jasper Johns - Ale Cans
Over the course of his five-decades-long career, Jasper Johns has been continuously experimenting, innovating and standing behind his unique concepts, laying the groundwork for later movements of Pop art, Minimalism and Conceptual Art.
Printmaking has provided a rich source for Johns’s art since 1960, when he was first invited to work at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) by the now-renowned publisher Tatyana Grosman. Johns is of the generation that led to a renaissance of printmaking in America, creating some four hundred printed works in the course of his career. The 2-color lithograph Ale Cans references the 1960 sculpture by the same name, in which he cast in bronze two cans of his beer of choice.
Alex Katz - Diana
An iconic figure of the 20th century New York scene, Alex Katz is an American painter and printmaker who developed his highly stylized visual vocabulary as a reaction to the ideas of Abstract Expressionism that were blossoming in the United States during the 1950s.
An amazing female portraitist, Katz created an image which represents a contemporary woman who is not a celebrity. His new take on the genre, Diana is a portrait of a curator Katz met at a painting exhibition in Salzburg, Germany during the 1960s. As he explained, he attempted to capture her “historic” beauty in the woodcut style of Anselm Kiefer.
Howard Hodgkin - Tropic Fruit
A prominent figure in British art in the post-war period, Howard Hodgkin pursued a continuous interest in intense relations between pictorial elements, the very perception of a painterly surface, color and forms. Exploring different layers of meanings and emotions, he developed a body of work characterized as one of the finest examples of post-war modern art from the Islands.
Created in 1981, this screenprint in colors hovers between the abstract and the semi-abstract, remaining stylistically consistent with the rest of his oeuvre.