Current printmaking exhibitions in London

There are a few interesting printmaking exhibitions currently on in London.

First up; ‘Etching:The Infernal Method’ curated by Norman Ackroyd and part of ‘Art Sales’ series at the Royal Academy of Arts. “This selection of works for sale by Royal Academicians and invited artists celebrates the diversity of contemporary etching practice.” It’s free and on until 19 February 2018.

Norman Ackroyd RA, Thirsk Hall, 2006. Edition of 90. Etching. 17.5 x 28 cm. (RA, exhibition Etching:The Infernal Method)

Next we have; ‘The business of prints’ at the British Museum, free and on until 28 January 2018. “This wide-ranging exhibition selects fine examples from the nation’s print collection to look at how prints were created, developed, bought and sold in the period 1400–1850.”

Abraham Bosse, The workshop of a printer (detail), etching, 1642. (The British Museum, The business of prints exhibition)

Next up is ‘Eclectic: The Julie and Robert Breckman Collections at the V&A’, free and on until 4 March 2018. “This display features some of the best prints and posters acquired for the V&A through The Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund over a decade of collecting.”

Eclectic: The Julie and Robert Breckman Collections at the V&A (image not credited by the V&A).

Finally we have this exhibition to #SaveTheDate for and #NotToBeMissed as its only on for a short while. ‘One-off: The Masters, Monoprint’, 8 – 19 November  at the Bankside Gallery. “This is a compelling series of annual exhibitions focusing in turn on one of the many techniques practised by our members, … This year’s technique is monoprint and the show is being curated by Morgan Doyle RE, a highly skilled printmaker who frequently uses this technique.”

Morgan Doyle RE, As it is, monoprint (Bankside Gallery – One-off The Masters, Monoprint exhibition)

 

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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

Tate Britain Permanent Display Visit

As a Londoner I am very lucky to be able to visit a whole plethora of museums and galleries. I always find myself chasing a list of the changing exhibition programs that I want to see; which often means I don’t get around the permanent displays for months or even years! Last week I went for a wander around the permanent display at the Tate Britain and I thought I’d share some of my new and old favourites with you.

Please click on the Tate blue hyperlinks underneath the images which take you to more detailed information about the pictures on the Tate’s website.

Bronze Ballet 1940 Edward Wadsworth 1889-1949 Presented by the artist 1942 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05380

Bronze Ballet 1940 Edward Wadsworth 1889-1949 Presented by the artist 1942 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05380

 

Green Tree Form: Interior of Woods 1940 Graham Sutherland OM 1903-1980 Purchased 1940 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05139

Green Tree Form: Interior of Woods 1940 Graham Sutherland OM 1903-1980 Purchased 1940 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05139

 

The Hanging Gardens of Hammersmith, No. 1 1944-7 Victor Pasmore 1908-1998 Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury 2006, accessioned 2008 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T12615

The Hanging Gardens of Hammersmith, No. 1 1944-7 Victor Pasmore 1908-1998 Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury 2006, accessioned 2008 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T12615

 

Azalea Garden: May 1956 1956 Patrick Heron 1920-1999 Purchased 1980 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T03107

Azalea Garden: May 1956 1956 Patrick Heron 1920-1999 Purchased 1980 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T03107

 

Reclining Figure 1951-66 Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986 Presented by the artist 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P02077

Reclining Figure 1951-66 Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986 Presented by the artist 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P02077

 

Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit c.1620-5 Sir Nathaniel Bacon 1585-1627 Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1995 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T06995

Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit c.1620-5 Sir Nathaniel Bacon 1585-1627 Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1995 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T06995

 

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

Weekly Sketch – Fern & Matisse – 27/07/2016

I wanted to paint a lovely Japanese fern that I recently purchased; and it was serendipitous that I happened to place it in front of a Matisse foliage print. I rather like the way they echo each others shape; and the colours work together harmoniously.

FernandMatissePaintingCCroninWEB FernandMatissePaintingCUCCroninWEB

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Japanese Anenome Linocut – First Cut

I designed a Japanese Anenome linocut last year; you can see the different designs here. I am going to print this using the reduction cutting method; I have cut the block for the first colour, which will be a pale blue.

AnenomeLinoColour1web

AnenomeLinoandDesignweb

AnenomeDesignweb

(© Catherine Cronin)