Exhibition Celebrates Fine Art Lithography
September 08, 2010
Categories: College of Fine Arts
The University of New Mexico Art Museum presents "Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at 50," through Dec. 19. In collaboration with the Tamarind Institute and guest curated by Art in America Senior Editor John Mulvany, this exhibition commemorates 50 years of artistic excellence in printmaking produced at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, founded by printmaking visionary June Wayne.
The selection of 90 lithographs from the Tamarind Archive Collection at UNM reflects many of the major aesthetic movements in art during Tamarind's history and celebrates the collaborative works of some of the most significant American artists and printers of the past half century. Included are works by Jim Dine, Ed Rusha, Louise Nevelson, Josef Albers, Leon Golub, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Roy Deforest, Robert Colescott and Kiki Smith.
While the history of lithography includes many distinguished artists from Goya to Picasso, interest in the medium was in decline among American artists prior to the establishment of Tamarind. Print historian Faye Hirsch said that when June Wayne founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1960, it became "a cornerstone of the incipient American print renaissance," creating a resurgence of lithography as a new expressive language.
For guest curator Mulvany, what shapes this exhibition is "the spirit that comes from the Tamarind logo, the alchemist's symbol for stone. The alchemist's magic at Tamarind is the joining of the artist's vision and a master printer's sensibilities… This collaboration between the artist and a master printer lies at the center of Tamarind's mission and success."
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the University of New Mexico Press, including 142 color plates and essays by Marjorie Devon, Tamarind Institute director, Hirsch and Mulvany.
The UNM Art Museum is in the Center for the Arts. Paid parking is available in the Cornell Parking Structure. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
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