June Wayne: The Tamarind Decade

January 14, 2014July 6, 2014

June Wayne (1918–2011) was an accomplished and diverse artist who worked in a variety of media, including painting, tapestry design, and film. However, she is best known as a skilled printmaker and founder of the influential Tamarind Lithography Workshop (1960–70). Wayne was committed to reviving fine-art lithography, which had fallen out of favor in the United States as a legitimate artistic medium. With the support of the Ford Foundation, Wayne set up a workshop named after her own studio on Tamarind Avenue in Los Angeles, whose mission was to educate artists and printers alike in order to ensure the survival of the technique.

Although her responsibilities running Tamarind forced Wayne to put her artistic career on hold, she did at times make use of the workshop when creating her own work. Her prints from the 1960s, the decade she oversaw Tamarind, show an intimate knowledge of the medium and its potential for technical exploration and varied abstract imagery. The fascinating, multilayered prints presented in this exhibition invite careful looking and are evidence of the types of effects only possible with lithography.

June Wayne: The Tamarind Decade features approximately fifteen works created during her oversight of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, including prints in various states or versions that communicate how the artist reworked themes in different iterations. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the work of the artist behind the influential workshop, whose vision ensured that the practice of lithography is alive and thriving today.

June Wayne: The Tamarind Decade is organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.