The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations opens at Albuquerque Museum on February 19, 2022

Celebrating the collaborative process of printmaking

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque Museum is pleased to introduce The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations. The exhibition opens at 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 as well as the artists they have worked with. Often the printer receives less recognition than the artist for their role in making prints; The Printer’s Proof centers 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 view.

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.

The Printer’s Proof will examine a variety of printing techniques and will explore 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 sense of proficiency. While some artists who work with a printer are knowledgeable about printmaking, others have never created a print before. The printer’s knowledge of the process, materials, and possibilities can be crucial to 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 artist and printer is at the heart of the works included 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 wide-ranging in their approach to printmaking and in the themes they chose to explore," said Albuquerque Museum's Head Curator Josie Lopez, Ph.D. "The number and diversity of artists that each printer worked with represent decades of creativity and reveal another facet of the storied 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 works spanning from the 1970s to the present. The prints included provide compelling evidence of the unique and expressive possibilities of printmaking. In addition, there will be a video component on view featuring interviews with each of the printers. The Printer’s Proof is curated by Albuquerque Museum.

The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations will be on view at Albuquerque Museum from February 19 through May 15, 2022.


Saturday, February 19, 1 – 5 p.m.
Public Opening
You are invited to the public opening of The Printer's Proof. Curator’s introduction and discussion with the printers at 2 p.m. Museum admission is free from 1 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, February 27, 1 – 2 p.m.
Panel: Printers Proof
The first of three panels featuring 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 print techniques. Initially the press was located in Taos where she printed works by artists Earl Stroh, Ron Cooper, and Ken Price among others. Steve Britko has over four decades of printing experience including at 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 in the collection of many private and museum collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

Thursday, March 17, 5 – 8:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday: The Printer’s Proof
Discover the exhibition The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations and learn about the process of creating fine art prints. Listen to local music from Felix Peralta and Eli del Puerto.

The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations
On view February 19–May 15, 2022

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