Artist and Printer Collaborations Open at the Albuquerque Museum February 19, 2022 – City of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The Albuquerque Museum is pleased to present The proof of the printer: collaborations between artists and printers. The exhibit opens at the Albuquerque Museum on February 19, 2022.

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

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

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

“Visiting each printer’s studio provided a special opportunity to experience how printers and artists collaborate to create works that are incredibly varied in their approach to printmaking and in the themes they chose to explore,” said Albuquerque Museum Chief Curator Josie Lopez, Ph.D. “The number and diversity of artists each printer has worked with represents decades of creativity and reveals another side to the historical narrative of art from New Mexico and beyond.”

The exhibition celebrates the career of each printer and explores the creative, technical and visual ideas unique to printmaking. Printer’s proof features over 120 artists with works ranging from the 1970s to the present day. The included engravings provide compelling evidence of the unique and expressive possibilities of engraving. In addition, there will be a video component featuring interviews with each of the printers. The printer’s proof is held by the Albuquerque Museum.

The proof of the printer: collaborations between artists and printers will be 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. Presentation of the curator and discussion with the printers at 2 p.m. Admission to the museum is free from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Thursday, March 17, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday: The printer’s test
Discover the exhibition The proof of the printer: collaborations between artists and printers and learn about the process of creating fine art prints. Listen to local music from Felix Peralta and Eli del Puerto.

The proof of the printer: collaborations between artists and printers
On view from February 19 to May 15, 2022

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