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Thou Shalt Not (State II)

Thou Shalt Not (State II)

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June Wayne

June Wayne was an ardent feminist, artist, and author. She is perhaps best remembered as the founder of Tamarind Lithography Workshop (later Tamarind Institute), which has been recognized for its influential role in sustaining lithography as a medium for fine art since its inception in 1960. Wayne experimented with lithography’s broad range of aesthetic possibilities to articulate abstract concepts in visual terms. She based the necklace-like shape suspended above a cliff in Thou Shalt Not on a strand of DNA, the scientific discovery of which she found fascinating. Wayne was especially interested in the impact of randomly fixed genetic codes—what she described as “predetermined accidents”—on our lives as individuals.
June Wayne
(American, 1918 - 2011)
Thou Shalt Not (State II)
Color lithograph
18 1/2 x 22 in. image
Gift of Robert P. Conway in honor of Satya Rhodes-Conway
Accession No.
United States


1988-1993, gifted by the artist, June Wayne, to Robert Conway (Oakland, CA); 2019, gifted to the Chazen Museum of Art

  • Conway, Robert. "June Wayne: The Art of Everything: A Catalogue Raisonné 1936-2006." New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007. no. 195

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