The New York Satellite Print Fair Goes Virtual
The New York Satellite Print Fair is now in its 11th year, having begun in 2010 when a group of dealers partnered with a show promoter to produce a show at the New York Lighthouse for the Blind on East 57th Street to serve as an adjunct to the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s (IFPDA) New York Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory. The fair later moved to The Bohemian Hall on East 77th Street, and then followed the IFPDA Fair to the West Side, where it found a new home at Hudson Mercantile’s Annex 37.
Throughout the annual iterations of the fair in the different locations, there has been a cadre of supportive dealers, about half of them IFPDA members and the rest well-established sellers from all over the United States, as well as Canada and even Europe. Plans were already underway to produce the 2020 show at Annex 37 when the Covid virus pandemic created a situation where it is not feasible to hold live shows and fairs. The IFPDA and Editions/Artists’ Books Fair canceled their shows, and The NY Satellite Print Fair followed suit and canceled their event at Annex 37 for this year.
They have since created the NY Satellite Print Fair 2020 – Virtual Edition to take place October 16 to 25. This fall, it will substitute for the “live” fair, but going forward organizers plan to use it to supplement future live fairs by providing opportunities for those who cannot get to the live show to see selected works and access the websites of the exhibitors to see the full range of their inventories. Space limitations at Annex 37 enabled the show to accommodate 17 booths; in the virtual world there are no such limitations, so they have invited additional dealers to exhibit.
The works shown encompass the full range of works on paper — prints, drawings and photographs, and the full range of art movements and times. Exhibitors include specialists in the works of the Old Masters, as well as of Modern and Contemporary American, European and Asian artists. Some of our exhibitors are master printers and publishers who work directly with artists to create new work and bring it before the public; others are secondary market dealers, who find, and curate works from the past. Visitors are able to enjoy the virtual booths of the exhibitors or search for specialty interests within the various categories provided.