Printworks Gallery, directed by charming co-owners Sidney Block and Bob Hiebert, is Chicago’s only gallery dedicated exclusively to works on paper. These works include contemporary prints, original drawings and artists’ books, as well as the occasional painting or photograph. Artwork here tends toward the narrative, and fans of Edward Gorey will appreciate the darker undertones present in much of the gallery’s work.
While the gallery may have a focused media selection, they represent the full range of artistic talent, offering pieces from emerging, mid-career and blue chip artists. Visitors will find works by local favorites including Karl Wirsum and Ed Paschke and international stars such as Leon Golub and Nancy Spero.
Pieces from Printworks have been placed in permanent collections of many major artistic institutions, including the Tate Gallery in London and the Art Institute of Chicago, but casual art lovers should not despair. In keeping with its warm and welcoming print-cabinet atmosphere, the gallery also sponsors affordable artwork by emerging gallery artists, all priced under $300.
In addition, Printworks also offers a large selection of books, catalogs and related ephemera covering individual gallery artists, the history of art in Chicago and the artistic characteristics of works on paper. Many of these publications are written and edited by museum curators, art critics, educators in the arts and the artists themselves.
Come sate your artistic curiosity at Printworks Gallery, located on Superior Street in River North. Metered parking available on street.
311 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60610