When Tamarind Master Printer Bill Lagattuta announced he would retire in July 2015, the workshop schedule began to fill with artists anxious to return to print one last time with the master. Therefore, it is no surprise that Tamarind’s New Editions exhibition includes new lithographs by many returning artists: Daniel Brice, Jim Dine, Toyin Odutola, Linn Meyers, and David Schorr.
One of the most notable collaborations during 2015 was a project with Nick Cave, the Chicago-based artist known for his exuberant Soundsuits, works that merge elements of performance, costume, dance, and sculpture. Cave did a residency at Tamarind Institute in February of 2015, and transformed his inventive sculptural constructions, making them two-dimensional in his first original prints. Capturing the spirit of the work in digital composites, the figures that emerge on paper have a fantastic, luminous presence. At the conclusion of the project, Cave said that his experimental work at Tamarind had inspired new ideas that he hopes to develop three-dimensionally.
Visitors to the gallery can also enjoy the limited edition artist book by Jim Dine and Diana Michener, Radiance. The 35-page lithographically printed book includes a hand-written poem by Jim Dine and photographs by Diana Michener.