Southbank Centre announces A Century of Prints in Britain book showcasing 200 Arts Council highlights

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London’s Southbank Centre has announced the release of A Century of Prints in Britain, what it describes as ‘an essential guide showcasing over 200 highlights from the Arts Council Collection’s renowned print holdings’. Showcasing over 200 highlights from the Arts Council Collection, A Century of Prints in Britain explores the radical transformations that have shaped British printmaking throughout the twentieth century to today.

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Richly illustrated, this essential guide presents a huge range of both modern and contemporary artworks. Beginning with elegant Edwardian woodcuts, the book encompasses the iconic mid-century work of Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and John Piper, and the startling innovations of 1960s Pop artists such as Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi and Bridget Riley. Prints from masterful series by Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Chris Ofili and Paula Rego are shown alongside those created for the London 2012 Olympics by leading British artists such as Fiona Banner, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume and Martin Creed.

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A Century of Prints in Britain is released as a 240-page paperback in June 2017. The book is designed by Wayne Daly and priced on release date at £22.50 or $30.

In her fresh and authoritative new essay, prints expert Julia Beaumont-Jones tells a fascinating and little-told story of a medium that democratised art in the post-war period. Featuring masters of the medium alongside lesser-known practitioners, A Century of Prints in Britain provides a longoverdue survey of this popular form.

Southbank Centre is a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre in London, with a dynamic year-round festivals programme and an inclusive ethos. Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, founded with the Festival of Britain in 1951. It’s a place where people experience world-class art and culture that stimulates, inspires, educates and amazes. Its festival programme encompasses art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. It reaches 6.25 million people a year, and encompasses over 5,000 events featuring world-class artists from across the globe.