Four Women at Tamarind: Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Gego, and Louise Nevelson

The Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles was at the forefront of imagining a print renaissance in the United States, fueled primarily by collaboration and innovation, and emphasizing professionalization and training. The workshop was founded by artist June Wayne (1918–2011) in 1960 to fill a void in the number of prints produced by artists in the United States (fig.1). A self-taught painter, Wayne had turned to lithography in the late 1940s. Learning from and collaborating with master printmakers in Paris, she hoped to bring what she learned in France to Los Angeles.  By mid-century, economic pressures had forced many printers in the United States to abandon hand lithography, and the demand for artists’ original prints was dwindling.[1] At this time, the few professional master lithographers in the United States, based primarily in New York, had begun to retire. Wayne thus recognized an urgency to create a space where artists and printers alike could be educated about the importance of lithography, and where prints produced in the United States might rival those of European printmakers. Read the full article at