International Print Center New York

526 W 26th St

International Print Center New York was established in Chelsea in September 2000 as the first and only non-profit institution devoted solely to the exhibition and understanding of fine art prints. IPCNY fosters a climate for enjoyment, examination an... more

International Print Center New York was established in Chelsea in September 2000 as the first and only non-profit institution devoted solely to the exhibition and understanding of fine art prints. IPCNY fosters a climate for enjoyment, examination and serious study of artists' prints from the old master to the contemporary. IPCNY nurtures the growth of new audiences for the visual arts while serving the print community through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. Consistent with its mission, IPCNY makes information about prints and printmaking readily available to the public both on its website and in an information facility located at the entrance of the gallery. Visitors to the space may browse through periodicals, brochures, a modest selection of print related books, and listings of local exhibitions and workshops. A New Editions file, available by appointment, contains announcements and documents from print publishers on current print editions. IPCNY celebrates the art of the print by: * establishing a permanent venue for the exhibition of artists' prints; * organizing and touring major print exhibitions; * creating access to a wide se... more

International Print Center New York was established in Chelsea in September 2000 as the first and only non-profit institution devoted solely to the exhibition and understanding of fine art prints. IPCNY fosters a climate for enjoyment, examination and serious study of artists' prints from the old master to the contemporary. IPCNY nurtures the growth of new audiences for the visual arts while serving the print community through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs.

Consistent with its mission, IPCNY makes information about prints and printmaking readily available to the public both on its website and in an information facility located at the entrance of the gallery. Visitors to the space may browse through periodicals, brochures, a modest selection of print related books, and listings of local exhibitions and workshops. A New Editions file, available by appointment, contains announcements and documents from print publishers on current print editions.

IPCNY celebrates the art of the print by:

* establishing a permanent venue for the exhibition of artists' prints;

* organizing and touring major print exhibitions;

* creating access to a wide selection of new work through an ongoing series of new prints shows;

* offering information services and educational programs focused on the art and technique of printmaking.

A wide range of prints in all mediums, from many periods and cultures, is presented through IPCNY's exhibition programs. Each season, the exhibition calendar includes four New Prints shows interspersed with two shows focused on prints from a particular period, culture or workshop. A traveling exhibition program inaugurated with Hard Pressed: 600 Years of Prints and Process is designed to offer major loan shows to regional museums.


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Chelsea Description

International Print Center New York is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Once a mixed, low-income neighborhood on the West Side, Chelsea has become a focal point for artists and galleries. It has a wide reputation as Manhattan's gay mecca, and while that has historically been true, rising acceptance of the gay lifestyle—and soaring rents—has led to a dissipation of the community in the neighborhood. These days, Chelsea is, very simply, a bastion of affluence more than any other social status, with the conversion of many apartment buildings to condos and co-ops and the on-rush of multimillion-dollar brownstones and lofts. In the ever-northward shift of Manhattan's masses, the high prices of Greenwich Village and Christopher Street area (which has boasted a large LGBT community since the 1960s) led many to head north to Chelsea in the late 1980s. In that migration, many have already moved on from Chelsea to the northern climes of Hell's Kitchen and Washington Heights, or east to Brooklyn. While Eighth Avenue between 14th and 23rd Streets formerly had one of New York’s highest concentrations of gay-operated restaurants, stores, cafes, the population transfer changed the demographics once again—you'll find much higher concentrations in Hell's Kitchen nowadays.

The Chelsea art scene blossomed thanks to the conversion of garages and warehouses between Tenth and Twelfth Avenues, and likely will become a victim of its own success. What SoHo and the 57th Street area lost in stature has been Chelsea’s gain, and almost all the well-established flagship galleries make Chelsea their base. How did it all begin? In 1987, the Dia Center for the Arts—later known as Dia: Chelsea—became one of the pioneers in the area, establishing its main exhibition facility on West 22nd Street. Ironically, after opening its flagship museum Dia: Beacon upstate, it was left without a Manhattan presence. Plans to move down to Greenwich Village and abut the new High Line elevated park were scuttled, and the Whitney instead grabbed the valuable tract that once appealed to Dia. Of course, the High Line further increased property values, thus begetting additional high-rises between Tenth Avenue and West Street, which in turn brought in starchitects like Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel, whose creations can be seen soaring from the earth along West Street. You can learn more about these in our new architecture of Manhattan walking tour.

While the ethnic diversity of Chelsea was once truly enviable, the neighborhood still remains one of only a few places where housing ranges from high-rise public housing projects to single-family brownstones to new glass condominiums—even on the same block! Some of Manhattan’s most affordable rent-stabilized apartments can be found between Seventh and Ninth Avenues. The historic district has some fine examples of nineteenth-century city dwellings, and small gardens and flowering trees abound. If you think the grounds of General Theological Seminary (440 West 21st Street) look familiar, that's because it is frequently functions as a set for the TV show Law & Order! Even seminaries have to make money, and thus G.T.S. (as it's known) demolished its former entrance on Ninth Avenue to make way for (what else?) luxury condominiums. At its Tenth Avenue entrance, G.T.S. created one of Manhattan's most charming niche hotels, the Desmond Tutu Center, named after the great South African archbishop.

Speaking of hotels, Chelsea has no shortage of great places to stay and to eat. On Tenth Avenue you'll find the renowned tapas of Tia Pol and its offshoot El Quinto Pino just two blocks away. There's the upscale Cookshop nearby, and further south on Tenth Avenue you'll find the Iron Chef's Morimoto at the great Chelsea Market, also home to Buddakan on the Ninth Avenue side.

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526 W 26th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 989-5090

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The deadline for our New Prints 2019/Winter Open Call is this Sunday, 11/11, at 11:59PM EST. Submit your prints or…
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Are you a printmaker? Submit your prints to the New Prints 2019/Winter Exhibition Open Call! Read the full submissi…
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Join us for a panel discussion tomorrow with Greg Burnet, Jacob Samuel, and Craig Zammiello at 6pm. We'll be diggin…
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