Since the 16th century, artists have turned to printmaking to express unique ideas. Many of today's leading artists still use the time-honored techniques of engraving, etching, woodcut, and lithography, in addition to more modern processes such as screenprinting, to create small editions and works of art distinct from those they create in other media.
The International Fine Print Dealers Association
was formed to recognize art dealers, galleries, and publishers with outstanding expertise and to foster a greater public appreciation and understanding of prints from old master to contemporary. Since its founding in 1987, the Association has grown to over 160 elected members from thirteen countries and includes publishers of new editions by renowned contemporary and emerging artists.
In addition to educational lectures and programs, the IFPDA sponsors the IFPDA Los Angeles Fine Print Fair which has a longstanding reputation as an ideal environment in which to learn about and collect prints from all periods. Its dealers are seasoned professionals with a commitment to education and to offering affordable works of the highest quality.
The Association's website at www.ifpda.org contains information about the IFPDA, its membership standards and application process, and a searchable database of artists who have made prints and the member dealers where their works can be found. The website also features a Glossary of Printmaking Terms, links to the IFPDA member websites, as well as links to museums and educational organizations that exhibit or offer programs about fine prints.
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