Director and Founder of the AP/RC Receives Awards

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Peter S. Briggs, who founded the AP/RC in 2007, received a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for his ongoing research on the prints of Terry Allen. The award was recently announced by the … Continue reading

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New Additions to the AP/RC: Anthony Lazorko

In late 2018  Anthony Lazorko‘s estate generously donated to the AP/RC more than 700 proofs, woodblock matrices, drawings, test prints, studies, and related materials. This collection presents a unique opportunity to study in depth his work as an artist.

Lazorko passed away in 2017 after retiring from a long career in the newspaper business in Philadelphia and St. Louis. A graduate, many decades earlier, from the Pennsylania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia (where he met his wife, also an artist), he returned full time to creating art. He moved to southern New Mexico and settled in Mesilla where he set up an art studio and print shop.

Most of the 180 print matrices are wood carved on both sides and still have the artist’s printing notes or instructions. These matrices vary in size from 18” x 24” to 4” x 5”.  The test prints include color and registration proofs. Lazorko also printed different color proofs of an image on acetate sheets to determine how the colors were going to work together. Through these supplemental materials, Lazorko’s processes are well-documented and reflect the steps he took to achieve the editioned version of a print.

Everyday life in the Mesilla and the Las Cruces area of southern New Mexico, just 25 miles north of the border with Mexico, influences Lazorko’s imagery. Scenes of interstate highways, hardware stores, adobe brickyards, local diners, the Organ Mountains to the east of his home, and unassuming neighbors fill his prints. The textures and grain of his wood matrices reflect the depth and richness Lazorko found in his adopted southern New Mexico. Lazorko’s words best express how he felt about his surroundings: The focus of my work has always been to depict something about the American experience, no matter how ordinary, and to say it in an aesthetic manner with tactile surfaces, color and composition.

Taylor Ernst

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New Additions to the AP/RC: Justin Diggle

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Justin Diggle, who lives in Salt Lake City and teaches at the University of Utah, added four  intaglio prints from 2014 to his archive at the AP/RC. Diggle writes about his work: In our increasingly technological society it is becoming … Continue reading

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New Additions to the AP/RC: Kenneth Shorr’s Sepia Prints

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Kenneth Shorr, a video artist, playwright, photographer, manipulator of found objects, large-scaled muralist and performance artist, donated a rich and diverse archive of artwork to the AP/RC. It will require several of these blogs to introduce the range of his … Continue reading

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New Additions to the AP/RC: Judy Youngblood

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Judy Youngblood added to her AP/RC archive 112 prints and 10 matrices during 2018. Her collection of artworks in the AP/RC now spans over thirty years of her creative efforts, from 1978 to 2010. The works include drypoints, etchings, linocuts … Continue reading

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New Additions to the AP/RC: Julián Cardona

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For three decades Cardona has been documenting and interpreting the social, political and economic trajectories of Ciudad Juarez. The twenty-one artworks acquired by the AP/RC formed the core of a 2013 exhibition and publication, Polvo de estrellas: recuerdos de la Calle Mariscal … Continue reading

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FACE to FACE: self portraits before selfies

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FACE to FACE, a June through August 2019 exhibition from the collection of the Art Division, presents a wide-ranging selection of artist’s self portraits. The exhibition includes work by thirty 20th and 21st century artists, many of them from the … Continue reading

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