June Wayne is widely acknowledged to have significantly influenced the art of the modern print. Her own lithographs demonstrate how the printed image can evoke a depth and expressive power equal to painting, and her founding and directing the Tamarind Lithography Workshop have made her innovative approaches available to artists and printers worldwide.
But Wayne’s artistic accomplishments exceed her role as “the incontestable pioneer of contemporary lithography.” Throughout her career, she has boldly explored a variety of media and aesthetic concepts in painting, tapestry, film, and video, always pushing the limits of her media to create suitable vehicles for her philosophical and emotional content. Her themes are as varied and advanced as her methods, evolving from astrophysics and metaphysics, genetic and personal history, fables and feminist theory.
While her earliest images were rooted in first social realism and then surrealism, within a decade she had defined an independent course for herself that ranged far and wide over the next sixty years, exploring both micro- and macrocosmic realms while never losing contact with her direct experience of the present human condition. Most recently, she addressed another aspect of this experience, the visual impact of organized religion in her neighborhood, and used digital imaging and printing techniques.
Now, for the first time, the astounding range of Wayne’s art is available in one comprehensive volume. Bringing together more than 475 examples of her paintings, prints, tapestries, drawings, films, and writings, this definitive catalogue provides a balanced look at Wayne’s long and varied career. Two essays, one by Robert P. Conway and the other by Arthur C. Danto, offer scholarly commentary on individual works and address questions of interpretation and significance. Much of the commentary on the images, however, is provided in Wayne’s own words, offering rare personal insights.