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The London Original Print Fair 2009

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT year, The London Original Print Fair, which takes place from April 22 to April 26, 2009, moves back into the main Royal Academy galleries in Burlington House.

Over 50 international dealers, galleries, publishers and print workshops have been accepted to show work at this, the longest-running specialist print fair in the world. Now in its 24th year, the fair is the largest event of its kind in Europe.

Prints have played an important role in the history of art. Before the invention of photography, it was through engravings that many people were able to become familiar with great works of art that would otherwise have been inaccessible.

The same principle applies today and many contemporary artists study printmaking and create original prints as a significant part of their oeuvre – from Tracey Emin to Howard Hodgkin, from Lucian Freud to Bridget Riley.

The Print Fair will offer collectors at every level the opportunity to invest, with works on show ranging from as little as £100 up to £1,000,000. Exhibitors include notable London galleries specialising in contemporary and modern work, such as Alan Cristea Gallery (Europe’s biggest print dealer), Paragon Press and Marlborough Graphics, as well as expert private dealers from Europe and the US such as Picasso expert Frederick Mulder and old master specialists Christopher Mendez, Andre Candillier (Paris) and Dr Markus Nass (Germany).

The number of galleries showing contemporary work continues to rise, with Paul Stolper showing new editions by Peter Blake and Keith Coventry; Pratt Contemporary Art a highly international roster; Advanced Graphics will be featuring the work of Craigie Aitchison RA; TAG Fine Art recent Royal College of Art graduates Robert Ryan and Katsutoshi Yuasa, both of whom are already enjoying international success; Eagle Gallery/EMH photography inspired work by Zara Matthews and Peter Abrahams.

The contemporary London gallery Eyestorm returns to the Fair to show work by, amongst others, Damien Hirst and Vic Reeves, whilst Ingelby Gallery from Edinburgh and Mixografia from Los Angeles are amongst the new exhibitors, both showing contemporary work. This year sees more exhibitors from Germany, including the return of Galeries Boisserée (Cologne) and Eikelmann (Düsseldorf) and first time exhibitors Dreipunkt Editions and Galerie Fetzer, both of whom show contemporary work.

The full list of the LOPF exhibitors will be released in spring 2009.

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm. Late evening openings until 8pm on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24.

Tickets: £8 including catalogue, £4 concessions, Free to Friends of the RA.

The Royal Academy of Arts, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7439 2000