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From left, José Roca (Philagrafika 2010 artistic director), Julien Robson (curator of contemporary art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), Shelley Langdale (associate curator of prints and drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art), John Caperton (curator of prints & photographs at the Print Center), Sheryl Conkelton (independent curator) and Lorie Mertes (director and chief curator of the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design)
Photo by Peter Lien
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by Deborah Ripley

Five years in the making, Philagrafika 2010 -- a Venice Biennale-sized event devoted to the printed image in contemporary art -- burst upon the city of Philadelphia this week, offering works by a staggering array of 300 artists from 40 countries spread out across 97 venues. Philagrafika’s artistic director, José Roca, an international curator and Venice Biennale veteran, explained: "We want to take printmaking out of its ghettoized state where it has been defined too narrowly. We want people to realize that multiplicity and accessibility are central to contemporary art practice."