June Wayne

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June Wayne

The Suitor and The Bride (set of two)
Lithographs, from the edition of 35, 1951
28 x 8 inches each
Courtesy of Tobey C. Moss Gallery

June Wayne (1918-2011) was a key figure in the history of American printmaking. Born in Chicago, she settled in Los Angeles and in 1948 began to make lithographs at the print workshop of Lynton Kistler. She drew The Suitor and The Bride on the same stone and Kistler printed them on a single sheet that was then cut in two. Together with a third lithograph entitled The Advocate, they originally formed a triptych, which in turn was part of a larger group of works in various techniques called The Justice Suite. The abstract patterning from which the figures emerge bears witness to the artist’s interest in crystals. At her own Tamarind Lithography Workshop, which she founded in 1960, Wayne would pioneer the hugely influential practice of artist-printer collaborations. Tamarind moved to Albuquerque in 1970 but she remained in Los Angeles, pursuing printmaking, tapestry design, and the feminist art movement.

Selected collections
Los Angeles Museum of Art
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Selected exhibitions
June Wayne: Paintings, Prints and Tapestries, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 2014
Dorothy Series, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, 2010
June Wayne: A Retrospective, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1998-99


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