Gill Saunders is Senior Curator, Word & Image Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Her publications include Apocalyptic Wallpaper (Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio, 1997), Prints Now: Directions and Definitions (V&A, 2006; with Rosie Miles) and contributions to Impressions of the 20th Century, ed. Margaret Timmers (2002). Her recent exhibitions include “Surface Noise” (Jerwood Gallery, London, 2011), “Recording Britain” (V&A, 2012), and a V&A show of prints by Street Artists, which toured to Libya (2012). [January 2013]

Ellen Heck

Ellen Heck, Anna as Frida from Forty Fridas (2011-2012).

Since the International Print Biennale was established in Newcastle (UK) in 2009, the Victoria &Albert Museum has awarded a prize: an online essay about the prize-winning work, written by myself as senior curator of prints, in return for which the artist is asked to donate a piece to the museum’s permanent collection. Read More
Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Pikes Peak (2012).

No. 5: Pikes Peak by Isca Greenfield-Sanders

Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Pikes Peak (2012).

Judging a print prize on the basis of anonymous digital images is standard practice, but challenging nonetheless. Deprived of the usual apparatus of supporting information that comes with an attribution, one’s choice becomes much more subjective, grounded only in the appearance of the image and the facts of title, medium, dimensions and edition number. Read More

Ged Quinn Edits the Past

Ged Quinn, Hans Are You Alive? from the series Utopia Dystopia (2011).

Ged Quinn’s prints reprise a selection of his paintings, but they are not simply reproductions. Instead they make playful use of the strategies of reproductive printmaking, echoing and enlarging on Quinn’s painting practice of appropriation and pastiche. All the prints here—and their painted counterparts—are inspired by and adapt the work of artists such as Claude Lorrain and the painters of the Hudson River School. Read More

Street Art: Prints and Precedents

Fig. 6. Ben Eine, Scary (2008), screenprint, 30 x 80 cm. The Victoria and Albert Museum, no. E.319-2010, ©Eine.

Graffiti, street art, and their printed progeny, now ubiquitous, may appear to have sprung fully formed from the spray cans and stencils wielded by a new breed of artist, operating outside the system and eschewing the traditions. But like any other art form, street art has a rich vocabulary of sources and precedents. Read More