September 9, 2016

Albuquerque, NM – Tamarind Institute invites the public to an opening reception for the exhibition, Garo Antreasian: Innovation in Print on Friday, September 9 from 5:30 to 7 pm. The exhibition will be in the gallery through 2016. 

This exhibition presents an overview of Garo Antreasian's innovations as a printmaker. Centering on his Tamarind production, including prints made with Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles during its first year, this exhibition explores Antreasian's contributions to printmaking techniques and standards, his experimentation with commercial materials and methods, and his role as Tamarind's first technical director. Tracing six decades of work, this exhibition will draw extensively from the Tamarind archive, photographs and letters from this period, and the artist's own writings. Garo Antreasian is integral to the history of Tamarind as an international training ground for printers, and he is central to the story of contemporary art in New Mexico, having established the University of New Mexico as a center of printmaking.

The exhibition will open September 9 with a public reception for the artist. The opening coincides with the beginning of the fall semester and a new class of Tamarind printers. During the run of the exhibition, Tamarind will host a public conversation with Garo Antreasian in the gallery, including a book signing for his recent book, Garo Z. Antreasian: Reflections on Life and Art published by UNM Press. Plans are underway for the artist to return to the workshop once again, to collaborate with Tamarind's new master printer Valpuri Remling. 

Tamarind Institute is an internationally recognized fine art lithography workshop affiliated with the College of Fine Arts of the University of New Mexico. Tamarind is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of lithography through education, research, exhibitions, and artist residencies, and is credited with expanding the accessibility to and popularity of printmaking among contemporary artists around the world. Tamarind frequently sponsors programs with diverse populations, locally and internationally, benefitting University, Albuquerque, and New Mexico constituencies. For more information, call 505-277-3901, or email