Warhol to Walker: American prints from pop art to today
A British Museum Partnership Exhibition
Old Gala House, Galashiels
1 April – 2 July 2017
Hackney Museum, London
11 July – 16 September 2017
Worcester Museum, Worcester
4 November 2017 – 6 January 2018
The Atkinson, Southport
13 January – 11 March 2018
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Focussing on modern and contemporary American printmaking, the British Museum is touring nine key works from the collection to four venues across the UK.
A revolutionary and enduring change in the production, marketing and consumption of prints took place in the 1960s. Inspired by the monumental, bold and eye-catching imagery of post-war America, a young generation of artists took to printmaking with enthusiasm, putting it on an equal footing with painting and sculpture, matching their size, bright colour and impact. The growth of an affluent middle class in urban America also opened a booming market for prints that was seized upon by enterprising publishers, print workshops and artists.
The exhibition opens with the radical image making of three of the greatest printmakers from the pop period: Warhol, Johns and Rauschenberg, whose work took varied inspiration from the mass-media, consumer society of 1960s America. The progress and creativity of printmaking through some of the most dynamic and turbulent years in US history is followed right to the present day, with prints by a relatively young African-American artist Kara Walker, and the recent work of one of the giants of the field, Jim Dine.
This exhibition will coincide with the major British Museum exhibition The American Dream: pop to the present, sponsored by Morgan Stanley and supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, which traces the creative momentum of American art over the past six decades using around 200 works by 70 artists.
Andy Warhol, Campbell's Green Pea Soup from the series Campbell's Soup I, 1968
© 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.