NEW YORK—Sales at the fifth annual Seattle Print Fair, held Jan. 8-9 and organized by members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), declined slightly from last year’s, says Beth Cullom of Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints, co-organizer of the fair with Davidson Galleries, both of Seattle.
The fair “was well attended and is gaining momentum. However, sales were a tick off,” comments Cullom, whose gallery specializes in Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and modern woodblock prints. Prices at the show ranged from “as little as $50, up into the tens of thousands,” Cullom says.
Davidson Galleries, which sells both antique and contemporary prints, reports selling about 20 works altogether, mostly for prices below $1,000. These included about five woodblock prints—one by Korean artist Lee Chul Soo—as well as prints by Eastern European artists such as Konstantin Kalynovych. “Overall the crowds were good and the marketing for the fair was strong,” which helped bring in many new collectors, says a gallery spokeswoman.
Bernard Derroitte, director of Richard Reed Armstrong Fine Art, Chicago, says his sales were made almost entirely to new collectors. Among the pieces sold were contemporary prints by French artist Michel Estebe and watercolor etchings by Italian artist Daniele Gay.