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Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.

For further information: 
Louise Nevelson
c/o Tamarind Lithography Workshop
1112 N. Tamarind Avenue
Los Angeles 38, Calif.

For Immediate Release

Los Angeles, Calif. July 30, 1963 -- New York sculptor Louise Nevelson, working in the medium of stone lithography for the first time in her career, completed 26 editions of lithographs at the Tamarind Workshop, Los Angeles, during May and June 1963. The artist's preference for sombre mood dominates these works even in the color prints for which Miss Nevelson utilized muted brown, dark blue, brick red and olive green

One group of the Nevelson lithographs uses textures of actual lace, dipped in gum and pressed onto the stone under washes of tusche, to produce brilliant contrasts of black and white. For others, she drew freely with crayon and washes directly onto the stone, or indirectly on transfer paper which then she cut into patterns to be impressed onto the stone. Frequently she used lye to bite an image out of black ink, and occasionally, produced subtle greys by rubbing the stone with hard erasers. 

The Nevelson prints range in size from 10x14" to 37x25". The majority of the 26 works are larger than 22x30", and nearly all use the entire surface of the paper to hold the dramatic organic forms developed by the artist for the series.

The "wall" image with which Miss Nevelson often is identified does not appear in the Tamarind lithographs. It is not generally known that her wall sculptures followed directly from a group of etchings created years ago; once again through a graphic medium, the artist seems to be preparing new thematic material. Perhaps another sculptural development will emerge from her Tamarind lithographs.

Miss Nevelson, who was a student of Hans Hoffman in 1931, has a distinguished reputation here and abroad. Last year, her work filled an entire gallery at the Venice Biennale. The Tamarind lithographs may be seen at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York.

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