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Artist and Printer Collaborations will open on February 19, 2022 at the Albuquerque Museum in the city of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The Albuquerque Museum is proud to present The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations. The exhibit opens on February 19, 2022 at the Albuquerque Museum.

Focusing on the collaborative process of printmaking, this exhibit celebrates several New Mexico-based (or formerly based) printers and the artists they have worked with. Often the printer receives less credit than the artist for his role in the production of prints. The Printer’s Proof focuses on the perspectives of six featured printers: Marina Ancona, Robert Arber, Steve Britko, Michael Costello, Bill Lagattuta and Jennifer Lynch. Also on display will be several works by Ron Adams, founder of Hand Graphics in Santa Fe.

Artists in the exhibition include Donald Judd, Harmony Hammond, Nick Cave, Jim Dine, Susan Rothenberg, Hung Liu, Nicola Lopez, Liliana Porter, Luis Tapia and many more.

The Printer’s Proof will explore a variety of printing techniques and how the final print is often shaped by the nature of the collaborative process between artist and printer. Printmaking can be highly technical and requires years of experience to achieve a high level of competency. While some artists who use a printer are familiar with printmaking, others have never made a print before. The printer’s knowledge of the process, materials and possibilities can be crucial in helping an artist achieve their vision, while the artist’s visions can sometimes propel the printer in new directions to explore new techniques and methods. This synergy between artist and printer is at the heart of the works shown in the exhibition.

“Visiting each printer’s studio provided a special opportunity to see how printers and artists work together to create works that are incredibly diverse in their approach to printmaking and the subjects they choose,” said Josie Lopez, Ph. D. “The number and variety of artists each printer has worked with represents decades of creativity and reveals another facet of the art historical narrative of New Mexico and beyond.”

The exhibition celebrates each printer’s career and explores the creative, technical and visual ideas unique to printmaking. The Printer’s Proof features over 120 artists with work from the 1970s to the present. The included prints convincingly demonstrate the unique and expressive possibilities of printmaking. A video component will also feature interviews with each of the printers. The Printer’s Proof is curated by the Albuquerque Museum.

The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations is on view at the Albuquerque Museum from February 19 to May 15, 2022.


Saturday, February 19, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m
Public opening
You are invited to the public opening of The Printer’s Proof. Introduction of the curator and talk with the printers at 2.00 p.m. Admission to the museum is free from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Sunday, February 27, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m
Panel: Printer’s Proof
The first of three panels of discussions between master printers and collaborating artists. Featured printers include Jennifer Lynch, Santa Fe artist, educator and owner of Lynch Pin Press, who has worked extensively with non-toxic printing techniques. The print shop was originally located in Taos, where it printed works by artists such as Earl Stroh, Ron Cooper and Ken Price. Steve Britko has over four decades of printing experience, including at the Tamarind Institute. He opened Naravisa Press in 1980 and has worked with a variety of artists including Dan Namingha, Susan Rothenberg and Roy De Forest. His prints are in the collections of many private and museum collections in the United States, Europe and Japan.

Thursday, March 17, 5-8:30 p.m
3. Thursday: The print
Explore The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations exhibition and learn about the process of creating fine art prints. Hear local music by Felix Peralta and Eli del Puerto.

The printer’s proof: collaboration between artist and printer
On view from February 19 to May 15, 2022


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