Graphicstudio's annual sale is a mandatory go-to if you're serious about collecting contemporary art. During its 42-year history at the University of South Florida, the atelier has drawn major contemporary artists from around the world to collaborate on limited editions of prints and sculptures. In many instances, Graphicstudio has redefined what a print is by developing new methods for unconventional materials.
Each year, Graphicstudio produces a small portfolio of new work in limited editions by various artists. Most are sold through subscriptions, one is sent to the National Gallery in Washington for its archive and a few are kept by the studio and the artist.
Graphicstudio pulls some works from its archive for this sale to raise funds for its research. This year's artists include James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, William Wegman, Los Carpinteros, Chuck Close, Alex Katz, Lesley Dill, Vik Muniz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Philip Pearlstein. Everything is discounted 10 to 60 percent; prices can be as low as $250 and run to $20,000.
The sale will be Friday at Graphicstudio, 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Suite 100, on the USF Tampa campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free. (813) 974-3503 or graphicstudio.usf.edu.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic