James Strombotne created this lithograph of President Lyndon Johnson and his wife “Lady Bird” toward the end of Johnson’s presidency. The California-based artist created the work while participating in the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, which opened in Los Angeles in 1960. At a time when lithography as an art form was in decline, the workshop sought to enhance the prestige of the medium by offering a range of artists the opportunity to explore lithography in innovative collaborations with a pool of master printers.
James Strombotne, Bird Lady (Recognitions VIII), 1968. LIthograph. 1968.68.8. From the suite Recognitions. Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.