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Explore six decades of art through the versatile medium of printmaking, which opened the door to new creative possibilities in a recovering post-war Britain.

In the post-war period, printmaking transitioned from a specialist medium to one widely used by some of the most celebrated contemporary artists of the era. Following a major surge in the 1960s, the popularity of the medium has continued to this day, with artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Chris Ofili all using printmaking in their work. As a medium, printmaking showcases a huge range of styles and techniques, from complex wood engravings and etchings on metal, to lithographs and screenprints.

The exhibition follows Britain’s journey emerging from the Second World War to navigate the social upheaval of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, through to the ascendancy of British art from the 1990s onwards. Over 100 prints by 90 different artists will be on display, featuring the likes of David Hockney, Lubaina Himid, Paula Rego, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore among many more. Particular highlights include Chris Ofili’s powerful lithograph, Afro Harlem Muses (2005) and Grayson Perry’s colourful etching, Reclining Artist (2017).

Prints & drawingsContemporary artModern artSouth East

Pallant House Gallery

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