IN PARTNERSHIP WITH IDEM PARIS
FIRST LITHOGRAPH BY AMOAKO BOAFO
Mariane Ibrahim Editions, the gallery’s timed offerings of special editioned artworks launched in December 2020.
To inaugurate, we unveiled the first edition with artist Amoako Boafo, created in partnership with the Parisian printing house, Idem Paris. The legendary print house uses traditional lithographic techniques, facilitating bespoke pieces by renowned artists.
Entitled "Limestone", a reference to the color of the stone, the laborious print process allowed Boafo to elaborate on structures of his compositions through a new medium. "Limestone" is an original lithograph on paper, (18 1/4 x 14 in), edition of 40 on BFK Rives paper (made in France in Arches paper mill created in 1492), signed and numbered by the artist.
The fluid strokes made with his fingers mimicking the flesh of his subjects are beautifully translated onto the lithograph. His signature photo transfer of vibrant European wallpapers adorning textiles and backgrounds often seen in his newer paintings will be unveiled in future editions.
Boafo’s work is widely collected by private and public collectors and institutions, most recently by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Blenheim Art Foundation, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, CCS Bard College Hessel Museum of Art, The Albertina Museum Vienna, and the Rubell Museum.
“Creating these editions with Idem was remarkable -- from the history of the building to the precision and quality the machinery offers. I never imagined working on a stone could be so genuine and authentic in translation...”
- Amoako Boafo
Original Lithograph on Paper
18 1/4 x 14 in (46.4 x 35.6 cm)
Edition of 40 plus 5 artist's proofs
Signed by artist
AMOAKO BOAFOSelf portrait (Yellow) and Self portrait (Pink), 2020Original Lithograph on paper29 1/8 x 24 1/8 in (74 x 61.3 cm)Edition of 24 plus 3 artist's proofsSigned by the ArtistSold Unframed
About Idem Paris
Idem Paris stands as one of the oldest printing houses and one of the only that still uses the traditional techniques of lithography and today dedicated to contemporary artists including Sophie Calle, JR, William Kentridge, Karl Lagerfeld, David Lynch, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Serra and many more.
Built in 1881 by printer Eugene Dufrenoy, the workshop located at 49 rue de Montparnasse was created to install Dufrenoy’s lithographic presses. Housing two floors in 15,000 square feet, the workshop began with 19th century flat machines operated by belts driven by propeller shafts and a steam boiler that was used to provide energy for the machines.
The premises were later occupied by the Michard Printing Company, which specialized in creating special edition maps filled with vibrant colors. Finally, the workshop fell into the hands of Fernand Mourlot in 1976 and became a fine art print shop. The brother duo and craftsmen were part of the revival of lithography and began working closely with artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall and many other artists of the 20th century. The Mourlot company is now known by its current name, Idem Paris.