Jennifer Field, Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, presents, "Indelible Gestures: Abstract Expressionism at Tamarind Lithography Workshop," on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at noon in the Clinton Adams Gallery in the UNM Art Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
In 1960, June Wayne established Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles to revive the medium of lithography in the United States. She actively sought to attract New York School artists to the workshop, but market pressures for paintings and biases against printmaking as an antiquated medium made them resistant to the idea. This lecture will chronicle Wayne’s strategies for Tamarind and other ways that Abstract Expressionist sensibilities entered the workshop, prompting printers to respond to the pressures—heretofore unfamiliar to printmaking—of new painting and eventually establishing printmaking as an avant-garde medium. In turn, it will examine the ways in which lithography impacted Abstract Expressionists’ work in other mediums.