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

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2017 Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster

t2017 is the Chinese year of the Fire Rooster – find out more ‘Rooster’ facts here http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/rooster-facts.htm

I love this lithograph print by Mark Hearld of a Rooster and being quite reddish I think it fits for a ‘fire rooster’.

Print details via St Jude’s.

Rooster and Railway Carriage by Mark Hearld

Rooster and Railway Carriage by Mark Hearld

The art of influence Asian propaganda

Two of my favourite rooms at the British Museum are Room 90 and 91 – Prints and Drawings. With a changing programme of exhibitions showing; there is always something to delight and inform, and I have seen work that I do not know how or where I would have seen otherwise.

Yesterday I went to the British Museum and saw an exhibition ‘The art of influence Asian propaganda’, featuring posters, prints and drawings, and other items from 1900 to 1976.

You can read more about it here. But I though I’d share with you a couple of my favourite items from the exhibition.

Robespierre, Does the revolution justify the violence? Nam June Paik (백남준) 1989 Lithograph British Museum Museum no 2001,0315,0.2

The above print is also a comment on how new media – television, was being used as a propaganda tool at the time.

Manchukuo Kimono. Asia-Pacific War (1931–1945) British Museum

It is hard to see in the above image, but this Kimono is wearable propaganda, featuring images including tanks and political slogans.

Mark Hearld: Insight into Process

Here is a great video I came across today giving an insight into ‪Mark Hearld‬’s inspiration and process as image maker in ‪‎print‬ and ‎collage‬

BTW music is not throughout!

My Print of the Month – V&A Museum – March 2013

Well the V&A have not updated their Print of the Month feature for March. I hope they will continue their feature as it has certainly introduced me to new artists. So this month I am choosing one of my favourite prints from the V&A Collection.

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O72000/landscape-print-vaughan-keith/

Landscape; Colour Lithograph; Keith Vaughan, born 1912 – died 1977 (artist); 1949 printed; Museum Number CIRC.116-1950; © Victoria and Albert Museum, London