The American Dream pop to the present Exhibition at the British Museum

I saw The American Dream pop to the present print exhibition at the British Museum and I highly recommend a visit especially if you are interested in print. This exhibition explores the last 60 years of American history through the printed output of great artists responding to the changing world around them. The exhibition is visually and historically dense with intelligent art. I picked up postcards of two of my favourite prints from the exhibition.

‘Pay Attention’ 1973 Bruce Nauman Litograph © Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2017. Image coutesy Mary Ryan Gallery, new York.

 

‘Dead End 2’ from Rusty Signs 2014 Ed Ruscha Mixografia print on handmade paper. © Ed Ruscha, courtesy of the artist

Weekly Sketch – After Paolozzi – 19/03/2017

I visited the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at the Whitechapel gallery yesterday, and it fair took my breath away, leaving me inspired and a bit overexcited! All I can say is go, go, go! I especially loved the lower ground floor which included work from the 1940s through to the 60s. His early drawings, prints and sculptures really spoke to me – they were intense, energetic and (his prints) full of amazing colour combinations. His print work is so interesting because up close it is full of lots of detail, but the prints still work from far away – clever stuff.

As usual the gallery have provided an amazing catalogue to accompany the exhibition, including great images of all the work displayed. I managed to get a very good discount (alomost £10 off rrp) on the paperback from Wordery (a few remaining at a discounted price).

Here is a pen drawing from me of Paolozzi’s brutalist concrete sculpture Seagull & Fish; and then I tried to emulate the lines in a drawing of a barn owl – which I like, thought it isn’t very brutal!

And here are two images from the exhibition to whet your appetite:

Fish, collage and ink, about 1946, Eduardo Paolozzi

https://art.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/38102/fish-about-1946?artists%5B20399%5D=20399&search_set_offset=30

 

Parrot from the portfolio As is When, screenprint, 1965, Eduardo Paolozzi

 

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

SOCIETY OF WOOD ENGRAVERS until 19 Feb 2017

I visited the annual exhibition of work from the Society of Wood Engravers at Bankside Gallery this week – if you are interested in printmaking you have till tomorrow to see this exhibition.

Here are my favourite three prints from the exhibition in no particular order – it’s always the birds that get my attention time and time again. Click on the images to be taken to the artists’ websites.

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Julian Witts, ‘Black Grouse’, Black & White Woodcut.

 

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Peter Brown, ‘The Stalker’, Linocut

 

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Rosamund Fowler, ‘Cherry Blossom’, Wood Engraving

PROCESS & POSSIBILITIES

Exhibition: Process & Possibilities

Location: Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh

Date: Until 15th April 2017

Details: 2017 marks the 50th year of Edinburgh Printmakers. To celebrate, we’re running a series of exhibitions that showcase prints from our archive – a collection of approximately 10,000 prints that are not currently accessible to the public.

Process & Possibilities, curated by Dr Lesley Logue, demonstrates multi-layered, experimental and expressive forms of mark making using traditional printmaking techniques. Through their engagement with printmaking and its responsive nature the artists selected have helped to lay and then build upon the foundations of printmaking as a fine-art practice in Scotland and beyond.

Image credit Edinburgh Printmakers

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OPPORTUNITY: ON PAPER CONTEST

Opportunity: On Paper Contest

Deadline: 1st April 2017

Entry Fee: 25€

Prizes: 1ST PRIZE 1000€. 2ND PRIZE AWAGAMI PAPER AWARD, 100 sheets of AWAGAMI EDITIONING paper worth 500€

Details: Each artist can submit one piece of work on a paper size of 300mm x 400mm, (30cm x 40cm). The print size can be any within the size of the paper.  The work must have been made using any traditional printmaking techniques, including screenprinting, lithography, etching, collagraph, monotipe, electro-etching, woodcut, photopolymer, etc. We also encourage artists to use non-toxic techniques.  However, digital prints are not accepted.

The work must be relatively new, completed in the last couple of years, not before, and not have received a prize before.

The shortlisted artists will have their work shown at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, (Chicago, USA), in July 2017. An international jury will vote to select the shortlisted artists; the winner will be…

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JIM DINE – POET SINGING

Another fine artist whose printmaking is always ricy and lively. Luckily this exhibition is in London so I can go see.

Exhibition: Jim Dine – Poet Singing

Location: Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Date: 9th February – 11th March 2017

Details: A survey of new prints by Jim Dine, one of America’s most prolific artists, will be displayed at the Alan Cristea Gallery from 9 February – 11 March 2017. Poet Singing includes eight new, previously unseen prints depicting singing poets. Made over the past 12 months with master printmakers in Austria, Paris and the US, these works highlight Dine’s status as a renowned poet, as well as painter and printmaker. The singing poets will be shown alongside works dating from 2013 to 2016, including a recent series of large abstract prints, as well as examples of Dine’s continued fascination with Pinocchio and his reinvention of the iconic motifs of hearts, bathrobes and Venuses.

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EDWARD BAWDEN AND HIS STUDIO

One of my favourite artists…

Exhibition: Edward Bawden and his Studio

Location: The Higgins, Bedford

Date: 11th February 2017 – 28th January 2018

Details: Between 1981 and 1989 Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to The Higgins Bedford (then the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery). The works included items from the walls of his house, the insides of cupboards, plan chests and portfolios. They cover the full span of his career and the many disciplines and mediums that he mastered. Through letters, photographs and most importantly his work, this exhibition offers unique insight into Bawden’s studio practice.

Bawden often took inspiration from his surroundings and the views from his studio frequently feature in his work. He was also meticulously tidy, and the order and discipline he applied to his designs was equally in evidence in his workroom, with its polished mahogany desk, neatly laid out materials, cherished library of reference books and collection of…

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