New Edition and Unique Prints
Chakaia Booker Untitled (CB.1.16), 2016
Lithography and Chine Collé, Edition of 25, 20 x 29 inches
Launching Price: First 10 - $1,000; $1,500 thereafter
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This is the first edition of Chakaia Booker printed by Master Printer Justin Sanz. The print originates from a unique composition combining Booker's woodblock prints with hand painted elements applied through the Chine Collé process. The final image was translated as a limited edition lithograph, hand printed on a combination of Thai Mulberry, Gampi, Japanese Kozo, Yatsuo, and Japanese Mulberry papers. The eight individual components have been hand-cut, carefully assembled, and adhered to Somerset Velvet through the etching press.
About the Prints
Chakaia Booker began collaborating with Master Printer, Phil Sanders, of Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 2009, and has created over 100 unique prints to date. During this time she has developed her own method to create her prints; Taking full advantage of the various tools and materials available in the print studio, Booker cuts into woodblocks with drills, chisels and grinders and paints on paper with gouache, watercolor and film ink to create an array of lively marks: some sharp and rough, others organic, swirling and energetic. A departure from the characteristically dark color palette of her sculptural work, Booker layers thin, hand-painted and printed Asian papers, combining bright reds and yellows with muted earth tones and blues. Once composed, these papers are adhered together through the process of chine collé, a method Sanders refers to as "sculpture with a 2-D outcome."
Best known for her large sculptural works made from discarded tires which are cut, looped, layered and reassembled, Booker's prints explore similar ideas of recombination and transformation through analogous printmaking processes. Just as Booker cuts and recombines materials in her sculptures, her prints are created by tearing, layering and recomposing paper into dynamic new forms, some patterned and abstract and others quietly figurative and playful.
Print Me, the first exhibition dedicated to Booker's prints, at David Krut Projects, NYC. A full-color, 64 page catalogue will be released in conjunction with this exhibition, featuring an essay by Phil Sanders and quotes from Chakaia Booker.
About the Artist
Chakaia Booker received a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University (1976) and a MFA from the City College of New York (1993). She was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2000, awarded the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. Booker's work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Select solo exhibitions include: The National Museum of Women in the Arts; Milwaukee Art Museum; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Queens Museum of Art; Katonah Museum of Art and Storm King Arts Center. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Art and Design, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others. Her work is the collections of the following selected institutions: the Bronx Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Orleans Museum of Art; Newark Museum and The Snite Museum of Art. Booker lives in New York City and her studio is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.