Picasso at Contemporary Six
The exhibition will run until Wednesday 3rd of April. We are open Tuesday to Saturday 10 – 5 and all other times by appointment. If you would like more information then please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0161 835 2666.
A new exhibition of Picasso’s work will be showing in Manchester for the first time. The show includes 38 outstanding original lithographs, etchings and linocut prints.The exhibition comes to Contemporary Six – The Gallery, Unit 6, The Royal Exchange Arcade, Manchester M2 7EA. Preview Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March 12 – 4pm and entry to the exhibition is free.
As we have our exciting Picasso Prints show coming up, we thought it might be worth explaining, in case you’re new to fine art prints, exactly what these are.
When you buy a painting, you’re buying an original work, created by the artist as a completely individual item. There’s only one of any painting. And if you buy what is sometimes described as a ‘print’ of an image that was created by the artist as a painting, what you are actually buying is simply a photographically copied image of that print, printed by one or another commercial printing processes.
Fine art prints like the Picasso prints we’ll be showing are totally different from this. With fine art prints, the artist has chosen to create the work not as a painting, or a drawing, of which there would only be one original, but as a print, of which there could be more than one copy, but of which every single one would be slightly different because of the hand techniques used in creating them.
Fine art prints are highly prized and are collected by every major gallery in the world, including Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.
Four of the most popular print techniques, and those used by Picasso to make most of the prints we’ll be showing, are etching, lithography, woodcut and linocut.
Etchings are made by drawing an image onto a coated metal plate which is then etched in acid to create grooves which are filled with ink and printed onto paper.
Lithographs are made by a process based on the refusal of oil and water to mix. The artist draws with a greasy pencil onto a polished chunk of limestone. The stone is then dampened with water, which gets wet everywhere except where the greasy drawing is. The stone is then coated with greasy ink, which takes to the parts of the stone where the drawing is, as these are not wet! The print is then made by forcing a sheet of paper against the inked stone.
Woodcuts are made by cutting away the surface of a block of wood in the areas that the artist does not want to print. The areas that remain are then inked, and a sheet of paper forced against the surface, printing the image of the unbroken surface.
Linocuts are made similarly to woodcuts, but by cutting away the surface of a hard panel of linoleum.
In all of these processes, Picasso and other artist use multiple plates, additional techniques, variations in ink colour and other manual adjustments to create images in which no two copies will ever be exactly the same, making each one an ‘original print’.