Variations in Print: 15 Tamarind Collaborations

Variations in Print: 15 Tamarind Collaborations celebrates Tamarind Institute’s groundbreaking collaborative printmaking and training program. Highlighting collaborations between Tamarind Institute and fifteen artists, Variations in Print draws upon Tamarind’s extensive archive of prints and archival materials from the past sixty years and provides a comprehensive portrait of the workshop that changed the course of contemporary printmaking.

Founded in 1960 in Los Angeles by June Wayne, Tamarind Institute is recognized internationally for its contributions to the growth of contemporary printmaking. Relocated in 1970 to the University of New Mexico by co-founders Garo Antreasian and Clinton Adams, Tamarind continues its primary educational mission to train master printers and introduce contemporary artists to the possibilities of lithography.

Tamarind is known for upholding the highest standards of printing and documentation, while advancing lithography—the most technically challenging of all print media—through research and experimentation. This exhibition explores the essential relationship of artist and printer during the collaborative process, and how discoveries are made. The exhibition is comprised of forty-nine prints by fifteen artists engaged over Tamarind’s sixty years: Garo Antreasian, José Bedia, Nick Cave, Willie Cole, Lesley Dill, Jim Dine, Hung Liu, Nicola Lopez, Linn Meyers, Rashaad Newsome, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Liliana Porter, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Michelle Stuart, and Judy Tuwaletstiwa.

Through identifying several key printers who trained at Tamarind—many who went on to establish their own workshops around the world—the history of printmaking is expanded by incorporating the printers and their achievements into the narrative. The exhibition explores the intergenerational dedication to the handcrafted object and the slow medium of lithography through short video profiles (available for educational materials) of Tamarind’s student printers and master printers, the so-called #lithocrew generation.

Tracing several projects as case studies of collaboration at Tamarind, this exhibition explores the defining role of the Master Printer, who runs the workshop and sets the tone for the artist collaborations. The exhibition will explore the bold collaboration and mentoring style of Tamarind’s current Master Printer and Workshop Manager, Valpuri Remling (who trained at Tamarind and started as the head of the workshop in 2015). She represents a new generation of printers and extends the role of women printers pioneered by Judith Solodkin, Tamarind’s first woman master printer (TMP 1975).

Utilizing archival material housed at the Center for Southwest Research, a narrative that incorporates the printers’ voices, and a broad selection of Tamarind lithographs, the exhibition explores the pivotal markers of the workshop’s sixty-year history and the art of lithography that continues to thrive in the digital age.

Exhibition artists:

Garo Antreasian, Tamarind’s first Technical Director, experimented with industrial materials and commercial color palettes.

José Bedia is a Cuban artist whose prints explore indigenous cultures and religions from the Caribbean, and North and South America.

Nick Cave adapted ideas drawn from his sculptural work to produce a print, essentially making an assemblage of plates to produce an image of a sound suit.

Willie Cole‘s challenging collaboration involves political content (Ameriquiz) and the development of the steam iron as a matrix.

Lesley Dill‘s projects resulted in structural prints composed of folding and sewn components.

Jim Dine, an experienced printer, had many collaborations at Tamarind, resulting in working relationships with Tamarind Master Printers as well as apprentice printers.

Hung Liu, Chinese-born painter and printmaker, did multiple collaborations at Tamarind involved appropriating and repurposing historic photographs.

Nicola Lopez‘s projects examined futuristic urbanism and hybrid forms of nature and culture, and involved complicated printing and assembly of dimensional works.

Linn Meyers‘s multiple print collaborations are based on her monumental drawings and represent a bridge between former and current Tamarind Master Printers.

Rashaad Newsome, a multidisciplinary artist, created prints that incorporate performance and traditional lithography overlaid by 3-D printed elements.

Toyin Ojih Odutola developed a signature style of rendering skin as topography.

Liliana Porter‘s collaboration continued her practice of combining sculpture elements and photo collage.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith made use of Native American symbols and appropriation in her works.

Michelle Stuart‘s print with Tamarind was her first and was an early collaborator with Tamarind Institute, where she made use of embossing and templates to simulate hand-made paper.

Judy Tuwaletstiwa‘s work with Tamarind was her first experience with collaborative printmaking and involved printing from a six-sided stone (as opposed to the traditional four-sided stone) and the use of textiles to create her printing matrix.

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Tour Schedule

Variations in Print: 15 Tamarind Collaborations is touring April 2020–May 2024. The dates below reflect seven-week exhibition periods. Dates are subject to change; please contact MoreArt@maaa.org or (800) 473-3872 x208/209 for current availability.

Exhibition Details

Approximately forty-nine lithographs by fifteen artists

  • Content

    Fee Includes
    Press Kit
    Registrar’s Packet
    Programming Guide
    Text Panels
    Narrative Labels
    Full Insurance
    Installation Instructions
    Custom-Designed and Built Crates

  • Curated By

    Diana Gaston, Director of Tamarind Institute

  • Organized By

    ExhibitsUSA, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO

  • Out-of-Region Rental Fee

    $11,600

  • In-Region Rental Fee

    $6,960

  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Shipping

    Fine Art

  • Running Feet

    210

  • Square Feet

    -

  • Security

    Moderate D

  • Number of Crates/Total Weight

    5 crates estimated/weight TBD

  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.