At Last a Thousand I

June C. Wayne (American, 1918-2011)
24-1/8 x 34-1/8 in. (61.3 x 86.7cm) 
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Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift 
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Art © The June Wayne Collection/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Reproduction of this image, including downloading, is prohibited without written authorization from VAGA 
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In the spring of 1964, Tamarind was nearing its one thousandth print. All of Tamarind’s lithographs have a unique number, and in anticipation of this momentous achievement, the number 1,000 was reserved for the founder, June Wayne. The artist, however, did not get around to completing the work for several months, and when she finally did, her colleagues exclaimed, “At last! A thousand!” This lithograph, a marker of Wayne’s superb technical advancements, can be seen as both a culmination and a projection of what was to come in her oeuvre. She returned to cosmic imagery as her career progressed, and the texture of the print, which determined the subject—none of it was drawn—was achieved through a complex application of sprayed tusche, salt, sand and other debris.

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