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Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women’s Lithographs from Tamarind

A surreal garden scene shows a park covered in a large gingham picnic blanket, a ladder, chairs standing on the blanket, and trees and a fence in the background. The scene seems surreal since the colors are not natural; they are bright pink tones and in the background, the sky seems like it is burning.
Jun 17 to Oct 02, 2011

NMWA presents Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women’s Lithographs from Tamarind. The exhibition features more than 40 prints made during the past five decades by artists including Polly Apfelbaum, Louise Nevelson, and Kiki Smith that demonstrate a wide spectrum of aesthetic and technical investigation and conceptual goals.

Founded in 1960 as Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, Tamarind Institute (now in Albuquerque, New Mexico) changed the canon of printmaking in 20th-century America and continues to set the standard for fine art lithography, an extremely complex and nuanced printmaking process. The organization’s mission to preserve fine art lithography and encourage artists from all media to explore its expressive potential inspired a renaissance in the dying art.

The Tamarind Institute emphasizes intimate collaborative partnerships between artist and printer and has produced prints with a range of emerging and established artists. Committed to education, Tamarind runs extensive professional training programs, organizes exhibitions and projects around the world, and publishes comprehensive materials on technique.

Twelve vertical columns, each a different color, of repeating flower, pinwheel, and starburst shapes on a white background.

Polly Apfelbaum, Rainbow Love Mountain Ranch, New Mexico, 2007; Color lithograph, 36 1/2 x 26 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Promised Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore, in Honor of the Artist; © Polly Apfelbaum; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Exhibition Sponsors

Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women’s Lithographs from Tamarind is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and is generously supported by the Members of NMWA.