Tandem Press is a professional printmaking studio and gallery that hosts internationally renowned artists in its studio, assisting them in the creation of limited edition fine art prints. It stands at the forefront of experimentation and new developments in the field of printmaking. Since 1987, Tandem has upheld its reputation for pushing the boundaries of printmaking, exploring new materials and techniques, and producing highly ambitious print-based contemporary art.
Tandem Press has created prints with over one hundred artists, including Derrick Adams, Richard Bosman, Suzanne Caporael, Robert Cottingham, Lesley Dill, Jim Dine, Jeffrey Gibson, Sam Gilliam, Al Held, Robert Kelly, David Lynch, Judy Pfaff, Alison Saar, Sean Scully, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Swoon, and Mickalene Thomas. Tandem has achieved national and international recognition for its work with these renowned artists.
Prints published by Tandem are included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, British Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of American Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, to name a few. Tandem prints are also included in leading corporate and private collections including Deutsche Bank, Fidelity Investments, General Mills, Hallmark, HBO, the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, JP Morgan, Pfizer, Polo Ralph Lauren, Target, and Twitter.
Tandem Press has published several artist catalogs and has participated in exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and China. It continues to receive excellent reviews in leading print journals and has been reviewed favorably in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.
Exhibition installation view of "Judy Pfaff: End of the Rain"
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In a recent interview, Judy Pfaff said "I don't trust language. I don't trust words." It is clear in her profound work, however, that she trusts materials and colors. Her work sways back and forth between representation and abstraction as she harnesses images found in her surroundings–trees, homes, textiles found in a market, illustrations of fish and birds–holds them in her hands, and recreates their likenesses in colorful and airy sculptures, installations, paintings, and prints. She moves between two- and three-dimensional work with a fluidity that feels natural and balanced, but also results in unexpected and delightfully surprising visual experiences.
This virtual exhibition titled "Judy Pfaff: End of the Rain" highlights a selection of the prints that Judy Pfaff created with Tandem Press from 2000 to 2017. The prints included in this exhibition reveal some of the long-standing aspects of her aesthetic, as well as her experimental application of multiple printing techniques and materials in each work. The exhibition's titular artwork anchors the show in the idea of "the end of the rain"; this white and blue triptych implies a moment that marks both a change and a continuation. The rain is ending, leaving a sense of newness in its wake, and yet nothing is all that different, just wet.
Judy Pfaff achieves unique atmospheric or spatial qualities in her artwork through an intuitive working process as she makes an image or form, adds to it, subtracts from it, builds upon it, and adjusts materials. Each step involves both physical layers of images or materials and intellectual layers of meaning and insight. Just as one can read the history of a tree's lifespan from its rings, the viewer can read Pfaff's work through the layers that she builds up and leaves accessible to them.
The trust Judy Pfaff places in her hands, her materials, and her audience saturates her work with wonder and sincerity. She has a unique ability to tease a profound warmth out of her materials, inject deep spatial qualities into two-dimensional artworks, and visualize abstract ideas through recognizable images in a way that elicits personal connections within viewers. Although often eluding categorization, Pfaff's artwork is approachable, inventive, genuine, and generous.
End of the Rain (triptych)
111 x 137 1/2 inches framed overall
Photogravure, woodcut, etching, hand painted dye on Crown Kozo in artist designed frames
The three artworks included in this triptych are available for purchase as individual pieces or as the complete triptych. Information for the individual pieces is included at the bottom of this page.
Varied edition of 30
101 x 41 inches framed
Etching, collograph, and encaustic on Crown Kozo in an artist designed frame
Edition of 20
...wind-deer and the honey-grass...
49 1/4 x 105 inches framed
Woodcut, hand painted dye and ink, and archival inkjet on clear plastic film and Crown Kozo in an artist designed frame
Varied edition of 12
Judy Pfaff working on "...wind-deer and the honey-grass..." in the Tandem Press studio, 2017