Check Out The First Screenprint In Nicolas Delort’s CLASSICAL SERIES

Black Dragon Press and Nico Delort are launching (yet another) awesome new print series.

For my money (sorry, wallet), no one in the collectible screenprint industry is doing things as interestingly as Black Dragon Press is these days. After putting themselves on the map just over a year ago with an incredible Nosferatu print by Nicolas Delort, the UK-based gallery has gone on to produce a number of interesting screenprints, almost none of which have the populist leanings you'd find elsewhere. Who else would launch a Herzog series? Who else would drop a poster for Tarkovsky's Solaris? Half of Black Dragon's power is in its art - which is consistently excellent - but the other half is surely in its commitment to catering to niche properties and legit art lovers. Speaking as someone who once spent several years covering the world of collectible posters, I cannot tell you how refreshing this is.

Anyway, Black Dragon's up to their old tricks again, joining forces with Nicolas Delort on another unique run of prints. The Classical Series is a three-print series based not on a film franchise or a beloved genre director, but on various pieces of classical music. The first: The Goldberg Variations, based on the Bach piece of the same name (you might remember it as the song Hannibal listens to before escaping his cell in Silence Of The Lambs). There's more to discuss, but for the time being, let's take a look at said print. Prepare your eyeballs:

2-colour hand-pulled screen print with varnish
Hand Numbered Regular Edition of 100 (+Subs)
Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Size: 18”x27”
270gsm Mohawk Superfine White Eggshell paper
Printed by White Duck Screenprint
$78.68

Hand-pulled screen print
Silver metallic inks on ultra-black paper
Hand Numbered Variant Edition of 60
Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Size: 18”x27”
Fedrigoni Sirio Ultra Black 280gsm paper
Printed by White Duck Screenprint
$110.16

So, here's how this series is going to work: starting right now and until this Thursday at 9am (CST), Black Dragon Press is offering a timed subscription for each set. Each includes all three prints in Delort's Classical Series, and can be purchased in either the regular ($212.45 + shipping) or variant ($306.87 + shipping) editions. Sets will ship out to buyers once the series wraps. Let's say you're not sure you want to sign up for the whole series, what then? Well, BDP's also offering individual sales on each release...the downside, of course, being that those editions can sell out, and are slightly more expensive per-print than if you were to just sign up for all three. Decisions, decisions.

Here's some more information on the first print:

The first piece is Delort’s personal interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's “Goldberg Variations”. Story has it that Bach composed the Variations at the behest of one Count Kaiserling, who suffered terrible insomnia. The Count's assistant, Mr. Goldberg, was to play the Variations to help him fall asleep. And so, night after night, the Count would request Goldberg to play the Variations which, over time, came to be known as the Goldberg Variations.

And here's a quote from Delort about the project:

"I'm happy to present the first piece in a series I've long wanted to work on. Music and especially classical music have always been a big part of my life and I've always wanted to incorporate that into my art and I'm very grateful Black Dragon Press has given me the opportunity to do so. I hope you will like these personal interpretations of a few of my favorite musical compositions as much as I enjoyed making them!"

Aaaand here's a process video showing you how Delort works his magic. I'm in awe of this dude: 

Incredible. And what a cool idea for a series this is! 

If you're picking up the sub, you can head on over to Black Dragon's store page right now to pick up the set of your choice (note: variant sets are limited to 20, so high rollers are encouraged to act fast), and if you're going one-by-one you should check in at the same link on Thursday morning at 9 (CST). As previously noted, the next two installments - Franz Schubert’s Die Winterreise and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Isle of the Dead -  will be released over the next two months, and I think you guys are really going to dig 'em. I'll have updates on those as they arrive, but in the meantime: enjoy this teaser image for Die Winterreise:

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