On Saturday, October 8, Assistant Professor Kay Wells delivered a paper “Marketing Modernism in Postwar America: The Print Renaissance, the Tapestry Revival, and the Craft of Reproduction” at the Fourth Biennial Symposium of the Association of Historians of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. She spoke about how the postwar period saw a rise in both tapestry and fine art prints, and how these media helped reproduce modern art for a growing market of collectors. Wells’s research examines how both kinds of art reproductions were promoted as archaic French crafts in need of revival and rescue and how this association with craft helped justify the practice of art reproduction in the postwar period.
Image caption (above): June Wayne founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960.
Image caption (below): June Wanye, La Cible, 1971. Low-warp tapestry, 78 x 94 in.