Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 in Hindsight

On the eve of 2020, it's time to look back in hindsight on all the exhibitions and other adventures of the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.


We had 3 major exhibitions in the United States, and one formal presentation in Oaxaca in 2019.

March 6 - 9, 2019

July 12 - August 2, 2019

August 16, 2019

October, 2019


The Ambos Lados adventure has been more than exhibitions.  In the summer of 2019, three of us --Manuel Guerra, Marco Sanchez, and Karl Whitaker -- toured Mexico from Guadalajara to Oaxaca, meeting Ambos Lados printamakers, and other print maestros, along the way.  What a humbling trip!

During the Santa Fe exhibition, the members of Horned Toad Prints of El Paso, run by Manuel Guerra, were well received by all the extraordinary printmaking/art institutions of New Mexico.

Tom Huck is an Outlaw Printmaker

Meanwhile, I don't get enough news from Oaxaca, but the printmaking community is very active.  Oaxaca, in my opinion, is the Mecca of printmaking worldwide.

which sponsored Ambos Lados in Mexico,
participated in Zaanarte mural project
in Zaachila, Oaxaca

In the previous posting on this blog, are more stories about other Ambos Lados printmakers.

And who knows, maybe the adventure has only begun....


We were sadden by the death in September of
Mexican artist and printmaker Francisco Toledo of Oaxaca,
who started the IAGO
and elevated printmaking all over Mexico,
having a big impact on the Ambos Lados print exchange

Random Bits about Ambos Lados Printmakers


The printmakers from Ambos Lados are doing interesting things all over the world.  Unfortunately I only touch on a fraction of the printmakers here, as my vision is limited from here in Albuquerque.

Alec Demspter organized another print portfolio, with printmakers from 20 countries -- Tierra Herida -- which was on view at the National Palace when we visited downtown Mexico City in August 2019.  This portfolio was previously exhibited in Chicago and Milwaukee. We have a huge respect for the effort he put into this project!

Octavio Irving used to run the 
when the Obamas visited

with some other major printmakers -- Benjamin Munoz, Kill Choy,

participating in the West Coast Craft fair

"Evening in Shanghai" color etching, 18 x 20 inches
from Mary Teichman's Chinese experience

Mary Teichman went to Guangzhou (Canton), China, with the "Printmakers Network of Southern New England."  She exhibited in a group show at the University City Art Museum of the Guangzhou Fine Arts Academy, and also had an individual show of 25 prints, in April, 2019. 

"On the Li River" color etching,  16 x 18 inches
from Mary Teichman's Chinese experience

Henry Morales brings his press 
to Coronado Mall in Albuquerque,

Julianna is also showing a large print that she made,
based on Diego Rivera's fresco in San Francisco
at the  Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, January 24 - 30, 2020

Gonzalo Espinosa abdicated from Tucson,
and is now sculpting whales in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

and it was on display at the IAGO
when and where we had the Ambos Lados presentation
on August 16th, 2019 (a month before Francisco Toledo passed away)

Toru is also represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle

Juana Estrada is a graduate print student
at the University of New Mexico,
and her prints are showing up at exhibits all over the state,
and the pictured print is in the "New Mexico:Living Relief" show, Feb 2019,
at Remarque Print Workshop in Albuquerque

J Leigh Garcia organized the "Tejanos: The Borders Crossed Us"
print portfolio, which was exhibited in Fort Worth at TCU,
this portfolio also being shown at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas,
and congratulations on her new professor job at Kent State University

Karen Hymer runs the Light Art Space in Silver City,
and hosted 3 print exhibitions during the last
Southwest Print Fiesta, 
including Ambos Lados

Dr Bell lecturing on his historical print collection in December
in the "Politics as Usual" exhibition at Argos Studio Gallery in Santa Fe

Eric Thomson runs the Argos Studio/Gallery in Santa Fe, hosting the Santa Fe Etching Club.  At the end of every year, Eric shows a piece of the huge historical print collection of Dr Robert Bell.  This year's exhibition was of historical political prints, mirroring the current political climate -- and featuring prints by Goya, Käthe Kollwitz, Honoré Daumier, Hogarth, Nast and other printmaker heavyweights.

Argos Studio/Gallery exhibited the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange in July, 2019.  Eric Thomon framed all 158 prints, and also offered invaluable guidance and direction to the whole project.

8 printmakers from Ambos Lados also participated in the 11th IPE (International Print Exchange) 2019 in Derbyshire, United Kingdom.  They are:  Beatriz Rivas, Adrian Aguirre, Manuel Guerra, Raul Monarrez, Diane Davis, Elaine Crowe, Jim Weaver, Lyn Nichols.  

Also Manuel Guerra participated in the 3rd Annual 69 Print Exchange of Spain.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Albuquerque Stirrings (and Cuba)

Ambos Lados printmakers are busy in Albuquerque, New Mexico (where your blogger lives).

Henry Morales set up his press at the mall, Jessica Weybright had a print opening at Remarque Print Workshop, Julianna Kirwin gave a print workshop in Mountainair, New Mexico -- and we found a Cuban printmaker visiting Santa Fe, Dairen Fernandez  (though he is not one of the Cuban printmakers in Ambos Lados).


Henry Morales set his press up at Coronado Mall, in the shop "Something Different," and does live printing there, as well as sells his woodblock prints.

Henry Morales printing at Coronado Mall in Albuquerque

in front of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque

Henry in front of the "Something Different" store

Henry inside the "Something Different" store

Henry's print on the left celebrates Albuquerque,
with a skull, balloons (of the Balloon Fiesta),
behind a watermelon (referring to the Sandia Mountains)


Jessica Weybright is showing at Remarque Print Workshop in Albuquerque in October.  She is one of the 4 owners of Remarque Print Workshop, which has pictures of her prints on their website.

Jessica Weybright at opening, on Friday, October 4th, 2019


Juliana Kirwin gave a print workshop in Mountainair, New Mexico, while we were showing Ambos Lados in Silver City.

Juliana Kirwin's workshop
showing off their prints


We bought a print from Dairen Fernandez of Cuba, as he was in Santa Fe for the Clandestina event (Cuba's first independent fashion label) at the International Folk Art Market

 We bought this print from Dairen Fernandez of Havana

Dairen Fernandez is not in Ambos Lados, but he did participate with Octavio Irving (who is in Ambos Lados), and 3 other Cubans, in the LA Havana portfolio.  The Cuban artists made their prints at Self Help Graphics in LA, and the US artists made their prints in the Taller Experimental de Grafica in Havana.  Stuart Ashman (current director of IFAM in Santa Fe) was instrumental in putting together this portfolio.

During the same time they were creating 
the LA Havana portfolio,
our previous print project


Clandetina is Cuba's first independent fashion label, and they silk screened t-shirts at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, October 18 -20, 2019.

 John Tollett holding up his t-shirt,
freshly screened by Clandestina

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