In the fall of 1964, Lee Mullican was offered a fellowship at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. From November 1964 to February 1965, Mullian produced thirty-four lithographs comprising two suites and ten individual prints during his fellowship at Tamarind.
Ten individual lithographs, some black and white, some multi-colored, were all produced in numbered editions of twenty.
Founded by artist June Wayne in Los Angeles in 1960, the Tamarind Lithography Workshop was an effort to revitalize the printmaking medium of lithography as a fine art in the United States. Through artist residencies and fellowships, Tamarind trained a pool of master artisan printers in the United States and offered visiting artists of diverse styles an opportunity to learn and work with the medium. Tamarind collaborated with artists like Josef Albers, Ruth Asawa, Louise Nevelson, and Ed Ruscha, along with developing an archive and educational program that would guarantee the legacy of lithography in the United States and abroad.
The prints Mullican produced with Tamarind are part of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop Collection and in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth; The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena; and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
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