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Jan. 17, 2023

s3e17 Jeannot Barr

In s3e17, Platemark host Ann Shafer talks with print dealer Jeannot Barr, who organized the first (and many subsequent) New York Print Fair in 1984. They touch on pricing, buying at auction, fair organization, and a host of other business-of-art...


In s3e17, Platemark host Ann Shafer talks with print dealer Jeannot Barr, who organized the first (and many subsequent) New York Print Fair in 1984. They touch on pricing, buying at auction, fair organization, and a host of other business-of-art topics. They delve into the Ferdinand Roten Gallery (based in Baltimore) and his traveling, mini print fairs set up in various schools and universities in the second half of the twentieth century. They also talk about the Associated American Artists, whose tag line was Art in Every Home, as well as the proliferation of regional print collectors' clubs.


Episode image: Selfie by Ann Shafer with Jeannot Barr and Tru Ludwig, Satellite Print Fair, New York, October 2022.


Jeannot Barr’s collection of early New York Print Fair brochures, including the first iteration from 1984, which was staged at Lillie Deveraux Blake School (P.S. 6), 45 East 81st Street, NY. Collection of Jeannot Barr.


Partial list of exhibitors from the first New York Print Fair brochure, 1984, which was staged at Lillie Deveraux Blake School (P.S. 6), 45 East 81st Street, NY. Collection of Jeannot Barr.


Second annual New York Print Fair, 1985. The first time in the Park Avenue Armory. Collection of Jeannot Barr. Photo by Rick Jackofsky.


Directory of second New York Print Fair, 1985. Collection of Jeannot Barr.


Floor plan of second New York Print Fair, 1985. Collection of Jeannot Barr.


Lecture series offered during second New York Print Fair, 1985. Collection of Jeannot Barr.


Floor plan from the New York Print Fair, 1987. Collection of Jeannot Barr.


Catalogue for the 1987 New York Print Fair. Collection of Jeannot Barr.


Floor plan for the 1988 New York Print Fair. Collection of Jeannot Barr.

Lecture series and directory of the New York Print Fair, 1989. Collection of Jeannot Barr.


Print dealers William Carl and Daniel Lienau, New York Print Fair, 1989. Collection of Jeannot Barr. Photo by Michael Komoto.


Bin lookers at the New York Print Fair, 1989. Collection of Jeannot Barr. Photo by Michael Komoto.


Bin lookers at the New York Print Fair, 1989. Collection of Jeannot Barr. Photo by Michael Komoto.


Jeannot Barr (with crossed arms) in the Print Fair management office at the New York Print Fair, 1989. Collection of Jeannot Barr. Photo by Michael Komoto.


Print Dealer James Bergquist talks with a client at the New York Print Fair, 1989. Collection of Jeannot Barr. Photo by Michael Komoto.


Shoppers at the New York Print Fair, 1989. Collection of Jeannot Barr. Photo by Michael Komoto.


The New York Print Fair, 1989. Collection of Jeannot Barr. Photo by Michael Komoto.


Paul-Alex Deschmacker (French, 1889–1973). Seated Old Woman. Graphite. Collection of Jeannot Barr.

Elizabeth Seaton, Jane Myers, and Gail Windisch, eds. Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.

Useful links 

Jeannot Barr’s website http://www.jrbarrprintsanddrawings.com/

Jeannot Barr’s Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=jeannot%20r.%20barr%2C%20drawings%20%26%20prints

Print Fair links

IFPDA Print Fair https://www.fineartprintfair.org/

Satellite Print Fair https://onpaper.art/ny-satellite-print-fair-2022

Cleveland Fine Print Fair https://www.printclubcleveland.org/fine-print-fair/

Portland Fine Print Fair https://portlandartmuseum.org/printfair/

Los Angeles Fine Print Fair https://losangeles-printfair.com/

Bay Area Fine Print Fair http://www.kala.org/exhibition/west-coast-print-fair/

McNay Print Fair https://www.mcnayart.org/print-fair/

Print Clubs (collector groups, not printmaker groups)

Print Club of New York http://printclubofnewyork.org/

Washington Print Club https://washingtonprintclub.org/

Print Club of Cleveland https://www.printclubcleveland.org/

Print Club of Albany http://pcaprint.org/

Print Club of Rochester https://printclubofrochester.org/

American Historical Print Collectors Society https://ahpcs.org/

Buffalo Print Club http://buffaloprintclub.org/

Association of Print Scholars https://printscholars.org/

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Platemark is produced by Ann Shafer
Series one co-host: Ben Levy
Series two co-host: Tru Ludwig
Theme music:
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