Procuniar Workshop, New York
As a young artist in 1992, David Procuniar began collaborating with his father Stephen Procuniar at the Procuniar Workshop, in Soho, New York. Established in 1970, the workshop focused on screenprinting but also developed other works of art on paper through "the lens" of printmaking's various techniques. Among the artists working at Procuniar were Richard Hunt and Lester Johnson, early on, and later, Nancy Spero, Jane Dickson, and others. The shop's motto was: "We never open...We never close," since being available when an artist was ready was of prime importance.
The younger Procuniar admired Louise Bourgeois's work and hoped to collaborate with her on print projects. They became acquainted at Bourgeois's celebrated Sunday "salons," to which she invited artists to stop by for the afternoon; Procuniar remembers taking part in some 50 to 100 such events. The two began collaborating in 2002, with the artist's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, facilitating the process. Ultimately, Procuniar Workshop printed and published two major Bourgeois projects, comprising 44 individual compositions. Stephen Procuniar participated initially, but it was David Procuniar who established a working relationship with the artist, and an abiding affection for her. The elder Procuniar died in 2006. As of 2013, David Procuniar is pursuing an advanced degree in the history of printmaking, as well as a teaching position in the United Arab Emirates.