The Narrative Tapestries of June Wayne: Tidal Waves, DNA, and the Cosmos

Verdict

1972
Number 1/5 (two examples extant)
Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers
73¾ X 117½ in.
 Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower left corner
Logo of weaver in lower left corner. Woven by Giselle Glaudin-Brivet (born 1943) at Atelier Giselle Glaudin-Brivet, Aubusson


Grande Vague Bleue (Large Blue Wave)

1973
EA 1 (two examples extant) 
Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers
85 X 63½ in. 
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower left corner
Woven by Giselle Glaudin-Brivet (born 1943) at Atelier Giselle Glaudin-Brivet, Aubusson


Grande Vague Noir (Large Black Wave)

1974
EA 1 (two examples extant) Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers
73¾ X 82 in. 
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower left corner.
Woven by Pierre Daquin (born 1936) at Atelier de Saint Cyr.


Visa

1973
EA2 (two examples extant) 
Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers 
85¾ X 60¾ in.
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower left corner 
Woven by Pierre Daquin (born 1936) at Atelier de Saint Cyr


La Cible (The Target)

1972
Number 2/3 (two examples are extant; the location of one is unknown) Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers
93¾ X 76¾ in.
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower right corner
Logo of weaver in lower left corner Woven by Camille Legoueix (1923-1988) at Atelier Camille Legoueix, Aubusson


Lame de Choc (Shock Wave)

1973
Number 2/5 (two examples extant) Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers
116 7/s X 79 ¾
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower right corner
Woven by Pierre Daquin (born 1936) at Atelier de Saint Cyr


La Journée des Lemmings (Lemmings' Day)

1973
Number 2/6 (location of one is unknown) Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers
97 X 128% in.
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower right corner
Woven by Pierre Daquin (born 1936) at Atelier de Saint Cyr


Col Noir (Black Chain)

1973
EA 1 (one example extant) Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers
62¼x75¼in.
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower left corner
Woven by Pierre Daquin (born 1936) at Atelier de Saint Cyr


Cinquième Vague (The Fifth Wave)

1972
Number 2/3 (two examples extant) Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers
85 ¼ X 77 ¾ in.
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower right corner
Logo of weaver in lower left corner Woven by Camille Legoueix (1923-1988)


At Last a Thousand

1972
EA 1 (two examples extant) Cotton, wool, and wool with additional
fibers
86¼ X 108½ in.
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower left corner
Woven by Pierre Daquin (born 1936) at Atelier de Saint Cyr


Onde en Folie (Crazy Wave)

1972
Number 1/5 (two examples extant) Cotton, wool, and wool with additional fibers
39 X 119% in.
Cartoon designed by June Wayne; tapestry bears artist's signature woven in lower right corner
Woven by Pierre Daquin (born 1936) at Atelier de Saint Cyr


 

Portrait courtesy of MB Abram Galleries and Mike Farhat 

June Wayne, The Art of Everything: the Tapestries

June Wayne (1918-2011) is legendary for her revival and contributions to the art of printmaking. Tamarind Lithography Workshop, founded at her studio in Hollywood in 1960, brought more than 150 artists into residence and collaboration with the great French, and later American masters of stone printing. Louise Nevelson, Sam Francis, Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney, Josef and Annie Albers, Ed Ruscha, Francois Gilot, Rufino Tamayo, Philip Guston, are just a few of the artists who created seminal work at Tamarind.

In 1970, Wayne arranged for transfer of Tamarind from her studio in Hollywood to the University of New Mexico, as the Tamarind Institute. Shortly thereafter, Wayne visited France, and with the encouragement of her friend Madeleine Jarry, Inspecteur principale du Mobilier National des Gobelins et de Beauvais, began to explore the ancient art of tapestry as a contemporary medium. This resulted in the creation of twelve large tapestries between 1970-1974, focusing on themes of science, the cosmos, and humanity’s relation to the planet and the environment. Wayne was intimately involved in every aspect of their creation.

These magnificent tapestries were exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, as curated by the distinguished Christa Thurman, this during the directorship of James Cuno, who would become the President of the J Paul Getty Trust.

MB Abram Galleries is pleased and honored to now represent this and other art of Wayne. In this first look at Wayne’s large body of work in many mediums, we showcase the “Narrative Tapestries: Tidal Waves, DNA, and the Cosmos”.



Text © 2017 mbabramgalleries.

All images © 2017 June Wayne Collection / Robin C. Park.

 
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