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"JANUARY 2000 - PRINTMAKERS ONLY"
2000-01-21 until 2000-02-16
USA United States of America
Last year Georgetown's Fraser Gallery began planning their first art show of
the year 2000, and decided to assemble together a sampling of some of the
best young printmakers from around the world. Almost immediately the name of
Cuban printmaker Niurka Inurrieta was suggested to the gallery staff, and
after looking at some of the work by Inurrieta, the gallery extended her an
invitation to exhibit some of her etchings at the Printmakers Only
exhibition which opens on 21 January at the gallery's Canal Square location
Niurka Inurrieta's work had just been exhibited in Portugal, says Catriona
Fraser, owner of the Fraser Gallery and co-curator of the exhibition, and
when I saw it for the first time I was very impressed by her imagery and
Inurrieta was invited to exhibit and she accepted the invitation, which
would mean the first-ever showing of her work in the United States. However,
when she applied for an artist's visa to attend the exhibition's opening
reception, it was denied by the United States. We don't know why it was
denied, says Roberto Wong, a spokesman for Inurrieta, artist's visas are
usually approved as matter of routine for invited Cuban artists. He then
suggests that perhaps the legal battle over the fate of the six-year old
Cuban boy have poisoned the waters for Niurka Inurrieta.
She was devastated, adds Wong. As an artist, making a debut in the United
States is a major accomplishment, and not being able to be present at the
opening is a major heart-break for Niurka.
The exhibition, which opens Friday 21 January with a reception for the
artists (free and open to the public) from 6-9 PM, includes several etchings
by Niurka Inurrieta as well as prints by American, European and other Latin
In these days when the computer has made it very easy for artists to
reproduce their work, says Fraser, and huge marketing efforts are aimed at
selling sometimes worthless reproductions of original art, we wanted to
stage a show which highlights the work of artists who still make their
prints by hand.
Included in the PRINTMAKERS ONLY show are intaglio etchings, woodcuts,
linoleum prints and other prints which are hand-printed by the artists. In
addition to Niurka Inurrieta, work by Grant Silverstein, Foust, John
Jacobsmeyer, Alejandro Escobedo, Rachel Visnith, Rosemary Feith-Covey, James
Skavarch, Peter Excho and others will be on display until February 16, 2000.