CLINTON ADAMS: 1918 - 2002


CLINTON ADAMS - co-founder, with June Wayne in 1960, of the internationally renowned Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, painter and printmaker of great distinction, professor, administrator, art critic, art historian, and author - died on May 13, 2002. He was 84 years old. To each of his positions, he revealed a talent for communicating, a humanity and a generosity through his art, through his writings and through his relationships.

He was born in Glendale, studied and then taught at UCLA and Otis Art Institute. For twenty four years, he was the Dean of Fine arts at the University of New Mexico and, during thirteen of those years, also the Director of the Tamarind Lithography Institute in Albuquerque. At the same time, he was the Editor of the Tamarind Papers, which he founded in 1974. Among the books he has authored is American Lithographers 1900 - 1960. His essays and criticisms have appeared in publications throughout the world, including the East Coast, West Coast/Tamarind Lithography Workshop and the American Print Establishment for the Print Quarterly, for David Acton’s A Spectrum of Innovation/Color in American Printmaking 1890 - 1960 and for the Norton Simon Museum’s Picasso and the New American Lithography.

Since 1946 he has been a creative artist. His art is in major collections - museum and private - and has been included in one-man and group shows for over fifty years.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, a son and his family and sister Margery Mackenzie of Pasadena.

A Memorial Service will be held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque on Sunday, May 26th.

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