August 18, 2011

New Book Highlights the Rise of Printmaking in Southern California and the Region’s Role in Renewing Interest in the Medium Across the U.S.


Melissa Crowley
Getty Publications
(310) 440-6795

LOS ANGELES—Extensively illustrated and with essays by both established print scholars and new voices, Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California (Getty Publications, $60.00, hardcover) introduces the printmaking pioneers who nurtured an environment suitable for the founding of the country’s most significant print shop and addresses the spectacular spread of printmaking from its modern beginnings in Southern California within the larger narrative of postwar American art. In the 1950s, the print world in Los Angeles was small but active. It was made of artists, educators, collectors, and curators whose collaboration led to the triumphant founding of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop led by June Wayne in 1960.  The first goal of the workshop was to “create a pool of master artisan-printers in the United States” to revive the medium of fine art lithography.  The story goes on to include two other major workshops—Gemini G.E.L. and Cirrus Editions—plus artists working independently and the academic printmaking community.

Drawing mainly on the extensive print collection of the Norton Simon Museum, the book includes works by the local founders of the movement such as John Altoon, Garo Antreasian, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Ed Moses, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha, and June Wayne as well as by artists who traveled west to print in Los Angeles such as Joseph Albers, Bruce Conner, Lee Mullican, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Rauschenberg. An accompanying exhibition, part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, will be on view at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena from October 1, 2011, through April 2, 2012.

About the Author: Leah Lehmbeck is associate curator at the Norton Simon Museum. 

Publication Information:

The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California
Edited by Leah Lehmbeck
Norton Simon Museum
256 pages, 9 x 12 inches, hardcover
200 color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-60606-093-3, $60.00 [UK £40.00]

Publication Date:  November 8, 2011


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Available at bookstores or through Getty Publications (800-223-3431). Distributed to the trade in the U.S. and Canada by the University of Chicago Press and in the U.K. and Europe by Orca Book Services.

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