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Uncle Umberto’s Orchard Author/Publisher Talk, Book Release and Silkcreen Print Release

Saturday, June 22nd | 2:30pm

1315 MASS MoCA Way, Bldg 13, 1st FL, North Adams, MA 01247

Free and open to the public



In celebration of the Plain Wrapper Press Redux release of Uncle Umberto’s Orchard, Frederic Tuten, author/artist, and Mark Fischer, publisher, will join us for a talk and Q&A at 2:30pm on Saturday, June 22nd.  

Come and explore the rich history of Plain Wrapper Press, a unique publishing company that inspired Mark as a child to such an extent that he chose to re-launch the company years later. And don’t miss the opportunity to meet Frederic, whose captivating stories never fail to dazzle.  

“Frederic Tuten overflows with visionary scenes right out of a fecund and ungovernable imagination. Done in an awkward, assured, cartoonish hand with undertones of Arshile Gorky’s teeming amorphic graphic fields, this is pigment, shape and scene as abstract language.” - Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine: Vulture, 2022

Uncle Umberto’s Orchard, has been published in two editions: the standard edition of 60 includes two silkscreen prints that are inspired by Frederic’s original paintings; the special edition of 20 includes three. Individual prints are also available for sale in limited editions of 50. The prints were produced here at Gary Lichtenstein Editions, and it was an honor to work in tandem with the other masters who contributed their vast skills, namely Michael and Winifred Bixler (Monotype Walbaum), Jerry Kelly (calligraphy), Papeterie Saint-Armand (custom, handmade paper), Sandy Tilcock (letterpress), Jace Graf (handbound linen), publisher emeritus Gabriel Rummonds (book design) and, of course, Mark E. Fischer (publisher).

Frederic’s short stories, art and film criticism have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Vogue, Conjunctions, Granta, and Harper’s. He has written essays and fiction for artists’ catalogs including those of Ross Bleckner, John Baldessari, Eric Fischl, Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons, David Salle, and Roy Lichtenstein. Frederic has published five novels, three books of short stories and a memoir. His fiction has been translated into nine languages, and he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction, the Award for Distinguished Writing from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, four Pushcart Prizes and one O. Henry Prize.

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