There are ‘heavy-weight’ printmakers currently on display at the British Museum; two large ticketed exhibitions – ‘Edvard Munch’ and ‘Manga’, and two free displays on ‘Rembrandt: thinking on paper’ and ‘Symbolist Prints’. I did the Munch and free displays in one visit and I highly recommend them to anyone interested in drawing, printmaking and symbolist art. I have yet to see the ‘Manga‘ exhibition, I am pretty excited about it, it looks fantastic!
An opportunity to see a collection of Munch’s prints, that cannot be missed. His coloured pastels and paintings of ‘The Scream’ are so famous and familiar to me that it is hard to ‘see’ them in any meaningful way. But viewing his lithograph of ‘The Scream’ in the exhibition I was struck anew by the tension between the peaceful scene and the figure vibrating with horror and anxiety.
- Edvard Munch, The Scream. Lithograph, 1895. CC BY 4 The Munch Museum.
For me Rembrandt is a master of line and tone in drawing/printmaking; in this exhibition of 65 prints and drawings, you get to see the work in progress, the printed image in different states (a real treat).
From The British Museum blog: Rembrandt’s depictions of women.
A small display that packs a punch. Wonderful to see some old favourites by Odilon Redon such as his smiling ‘Spider’ lithograph. My favourite print in this display is ‘Seaweed’, an aquatint by Olaf Lange.
Olaf Lange (1875-1965), Tang (Seaweed), 1912, Aquatint. British Museum, Presented by AEC Simoni, 1958,0730.39.
I do hope some of you get the opportunity to visit the above exhibitions – Enjoy!
On Monday I paid a visit to the Serpentine Pavilion for 2017 by architect Francis Kéré; and I planned on seeing the Grayson Perry exhibition in the Serpentine Gallery too, but it was closed! I really liked this years pavilion; on a smallish scale compared to previous years it is a friendly and domestic space. The repeating triangular patterns in roof and walls is very effective; and apparently if it rains the cleverly sloping roof would bestow a waterfall into the middle of the structure for those inside in the dry to admire. I urge you to read more about the design on the gallery’s website.
To get to the Pavilion I entered Hyde Park through the gate near Lancaster Gate Underground Station; through which you are met with the wonderful sight of the Italian Water Gardens. This garden is 150 years old and believed to be a gift from Price Albert to Queen Victoria.
(© Catherine Cronin)
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
I’m excited to have a stall selling my handmade linocut prints at two Christmas markets this year in December. I have 4 Christmas Card linocut designs to offer; two new designs for this year. I also have a small supply of handmade unique brooches consisting of decorative paper and colourful leather, that would make for a lovely stocking filler surprise.
I will be at the Horniman Christmas Fair on Dec Sat 3rd and Sun 4th. 10.30am-4.30pm. Address – 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ. It is a short walk from the nearest station, Forest Hill on the orange London Overground line.
“Enjoy family art activities, shop for gifts in the arts and crafts markets, pick up your seasonal produce at the Farmers’ Market (Saturday) and enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and carol-singing on Sunday at the Bandstand.”
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I will be at SoLo Craft Fair’s Winter Wonderland at Buster Mantis on Dec Sat 10th, 11-5pm Buster Mantis, 3 Resolution Way, SE8 4NT. A 1 min walk from Deptford train station; and a short walk from Deptford Bridge DLR station.
“As always SoLo Craft Fair will be finding some of the best makers and creators to make your Christmas shopping easy and enjoyable!
Grab a mulled wine or rum punch from the bar, listen to our great djs and browse our incredible stalls. There will be a free stitch and b*tch workshop running throughout the day so free feel to bring your latest knitted creation and join the group.
Christmas shopping will be made easy with an opportunity to design your own tote bag and a wrapping station for your newly purchased present at the event as well – all this just a stone’s throw away from Deptford Market. Also, free gingerbread men for all guests!”
Linocut cards © Catherine Cronin
Two of my favourite free exhibtion rooms at The British Museum are Room 90 and 91. The Department of Prints and Drawings shows works from their collection through a programme of temporary exhibitions which are usually shown in Room 90. Room 91 also shows temporary exhibits which are 2D in nature.
Just opened recently are the two below exhibitions which are free, they are definitely on my to do list.
Shadow puppet theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand
Shadow puppet of the character Abiyasa, made of painted hide and horn. Java, Indonesia, 1800–1816. The British Musuem.
Maggi Hambling – Touch: works on paper
Maggi Hambling,Sebastian in a Hermès scarf. Charcoal on paper, 2004. 1524 x 1016 mm – The British Museum
Last weekend for the Art Hub Print Open exhibition at Art Hub Gallery in Deptford.
The gallery is a 15min walk from Greenwich Market, I recommend doing both! Have a look on this map https://goo.gl/maps/HHwTapfKi8z
Ever wondered what I look like? Well here I am on the private view night with my two colourful Alhambra linocuts.