The American Dream: POP TO THE PRESENT

Robert Rauschenberg, Sky Garden, from Stoned Moon, 1969
Colour lithograph and screen print, 2140 × 965 mm
British Museum, London 2015,7027.1
Purchased with funds given by the Vollard Group
© Trustees of the British Museum and © Robert Rauschenberg / Adagp, Paris, 2017

The American Dream: POP TO THE PRESENT

The exhibition presents a major selection of American prints from the renowned collection of the British Museum. It is a collaboration between the Fondation Custodia, the Terra Foundation for American Art and the British Museum.

The American Dream: pop to the present. Prints from the British Museum features more than 100 prints by 42 American artists, providing an exciting overview of the development of printmaking in the United States since 1960. Many of America’s greatest artists are presented, including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, and Kara Walker, all of whom have engaged with printmaking to create some of the most enduring images of recent years.

Visitors explore the expressive potential of printmaking in a variety of powerful images created over the past six decades – a dynamic and turbulent period in the history of the United States. Artists responded to social and political situations – from JFK’s assassination, Apollo 11 and Vietnam to racism, gender politics and economic recession. They created original, ambitious prints – from the bright, colourful screenprints of the pop era to the monochromatic portfolios of minimalism to the increasingly technical experiments of more recent years. Of particular interest is Robert Rauschenberg’s, monumentalStoned Moon series, made in response to the 1969 lift-off of the Apollo 11 mission that put man on the moon. His rocket-sized Sky Garden from this series was the largest hand-printed lithograph to date. The exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to view a large selection of significant prints that capture the evolution of a nation and its art.

until 2 September 2018

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