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The Collaborative Print: Works from SOLO Impression

Cobalt, ghostly hands gently reaching toward the center of a painting against a salmon-colored background with another cobalt shape in the upper-right corner. Bubbly white textures and black shapes are layered over the cobalt and salmon, along with a grid of white spirals.
Jun 25 to Sep 13, 2010

The Collaborative Print: Works from SOLO Impression highlights the creative partnerships between SOLO Impression Inc. founder Judith Solodkin and important contemporary women artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Maya Lin, Jean Shin, and Nancy Spero.

This selection from NMWA’s collection comprises prints made through creative partnerships at SOLO Impression Inc. Founder Judith Solodkin worked with established contemporary artists, including Ida Applebroog, Louise Bourgeois, Alice Neel, and Betye Saar. From its founding in New York City in 1975, SOLO Impression published and printed lithographs, woodcuts, and artists’ books.

Solodkin was the first woman to graduate as a master lithographer from the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an educational institution founded in 1960 in Los Angeles by artist June Wayne. Like Tamarind, SOLO encourages experimentation and intimate printing partnerships.

The Dorothy Series by June Wayne complement the prints from SOLO Impression. Created in a hyper-realist style using reprinted photographs, documents, and scrapbook memorabilia, Wayne created the set of lithographs to narrate poignantly the life of her mother, who raised her as a single parent, had a successful sales career, and staunchly campaigned for women’s rights.

A house on an orange background shows several windows. In each window, a person is standing. On the window on the left, a man is holding two telephone receivers and has a sad look on his face. In the three windows on the right side, three identical, muscular women are posing.

Ida Applebroog, Gulf + Western Plaza, 1987; Hand-colored lithograph on paper, 32 1/2 x 23 3/4 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum purchase: Members' Acquisition Fund; © Ida Applebroog

Exhibition Sponsors

The Collaborative Print: Works from SOLO Impression is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and is generously supported by the members of NMWA.