Past Exhibition

11.03.18 – 06.05.18

In this exhibition we present masterpieces in a multitude of print techniques.

The exhibited prints are by a vast array of artists, all pillars of the Israeli & international artworlds:

Édouard Manet, PierreAuguste Renoir, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Moore, Alexander Calder, Karel Appel, Oskar Kokoschka & Victor Vasarely.

Mordechai Ardon, Reuven Rubin, Moshe Castel, Jacob Steinhardt, Yaacov Agam, Marcel Janco, Anna Ticho & Menashe Kadishman.

Alongside Contemporary Israeli artists: Ofer Lellouche, Jonathan Ofek, Adi Sened, Yoav Ben Dov, Richard Bilan & Oded Feingersh.

The Engel Gallery, which was founded in 1955, produced and published many masterpieces in varying print techniques beginning in the 60’s and until this day. Some of the artists and editions we published are: Anna Ticho, Marcel Janco, Moshe Castel, Yaacov Agam, Uri Lifschitz, Nahum Gilboa, Ovadia Alkara, Yoav Ben Dov, Marc Chagall & Joan Miro.

In the exhibition the main print techniques are shown- etching, embossing and surface printing, alongside older techniques (tapestry – Cats by Karel Appel) as well as newer digital techniques (giclée print – Paradise by Malachi).

Printmaking started in the old world with woodcuts as a way to decorate textile, the Chinese printed calligraphy on paper in the 5th century, printing an image without text on paper – more commonly known today as art print – started in the 14th century in Japan and later in Europe. During the middle of the 14th century metal etching was developed in Germany which helped jewelers with their gold craft and from there etching in its different forms were fertile grounds for artists who were searching for new methods, both for his art and to publish his work in copies faithful to the original. With the advancement of print from engraved print to surface print in the beginning of the 20th century allowed a larger consumer base who wished to display masterful art in their home, as modern printing techniques were cheaper and easier to copy and reproduce with. And so was invented the facsimile and later the silkscreen print whose technique’s roots lies deep in 4th century China which later spread along the silk road throughout Asia and Europe. The ability to make artworks popular and accessible caught the artists of past centuries as a mean to study their work. in the beginning of the last century artists started escaping the confines of tradition in print as the new materials of the industrial world prospered, like rubber and later plastic. The popular attraction connected with modern artists like Picasso and Braque, and when Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein started the Pop-Art movement, creation & reproduction on it’s many forms served their ideals and ideologies well. Today the craft of art print becomes relevant again as street artists and those who work in public space found printmaking as a guerrilla path into showrooms and collectors houses.