Paul Coldwell is Professor in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London. As an artist his work includes prints, sculpture and installation. He has written widely, particularly on printmaking, his most recent publication, Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective was published by Black Dog Publishers. [March 2013]

American Dreaming in London

Jasper Johns, Flags I (1973), color screenprint, 69.9 cm x 88.9 cm. Gift of Johanna and Leslie Garfield, on loan from the American Friends of the British Museum. ©Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016. ©Tom Powel Imaging.

“The American Dream” is the eagerly awaited survey of American prints at the British Museum curated by Stephen Coppel. Over eight years in the making, the exhibition follows upon the museum’s 2008 exhibition, “The American Scene; Prints from Hopper to Pollock Read More

No. 23: Recent Antiquities by Cooper Holoweski

Cooper Holoweski, Fragments of a Broken CD-R—After Piranesi’s Fragments of the Marble Plan of Ancient Rome from Recent Antiquities (2016).

In the series Recent Antiquities (2016), Cooper Holoweski follows the tradition of artists who have taken earlier artworks as starting points for new ones. One immediately thinks of Roy Lichtenstein’s Cathedral lithographs made in 1969 Read More

Poetic Visions and Dead Elephants in Geneva

Installation view: “Gérald Cramer et ses artistes. Chagall, Miró, Moore,” Cabinet d’arts graphiques du Musée d’art et Histoire, Geneva, 2016–2017.

This valuable exhibition celebrates the art of the print publisher, here in the person of Gérald Cramer, who over a period of 40 years worked with many of the major figures of European modern art. Beginning as a bookseller in Geneva in the 1930s Read More

Giorgio Morandi: Epiphany in a Bottle

Giorgio Morandi, detail from Still Life with Vases, Bottles etc. on a table (1929), etching, 15 x 20.5 cm. Estorick Collection, London, UK / Bridgeman Images. ©2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome.

I first saw this print, Still Life with Vases, Bottles etc. on a table (1929), in the exhibition “Giorgio Morandi—Etchings” at the Tate Gallery in 1991. The exhibition made a great impression on me—I could go as far as saying that it represented an epiphany Read More

Bernard Cohen Now

Bernard Cohen, Place Games I (2011), lithograph, 80 x 121.5 cm. ©Bernard Cohen. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London and New York.

Now in his early eighties, Bernard Cohen has been a key figure in British Art since he came to prominence in the 1960s. Always difficult to label, he has pursued a singular path that, while connecting to many developments in abstract painting over the last 50 years Read More

Perfect Problems: Bruce Nauman Prints

Bruce Nauman, Life Mask (1981), lithograph, 71.1 x 96.5 cm. Edition of 50. Printed by Charly Ritt, Gemini G.E.L, Los Angeles. Published by Gemini G.E.L. Courtesy of Galerie Ronny Van de Velde and Sims Reed Gallery.

Just five minutes walk from the Royal Academy of Art, where almost twenty years ago Charles Saatchi presented the infamous “Sensation” exhibition of the Young British Artists, Sims Reed Gallery recently presented a choice survey of the prints of Bruce Nauman. Read More

KP Brehmer’s Realpolitik

Installation view: “KP Brehmer. Real Capital Production,” Raven Row, 2014. Right: Auswahlbeutel Kiloware (Kiloware Assorted Bag) (1967), print on card, on melamine under plastic, 116 × 145 cm. Estate of KP Brehmer, Berlin. Photo: Marcus J. Leith.

The late German artist KP Brehmer (1938–1997) is less well-known than his contemporaries Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, but like them he was closely associated with Galerie René Block and with the “Capitalist Realism” strain of ambivalent pop art in the 1960s and early ’70s. Read More

Just what is it that makes Richard Hamilton so special, so appealing, so important?

Richard Hamilton, Just what was it that made yesterday’s homes so different, so appealing? (1992), color laser print, 26 x 25 cm. Image courtesy Tate Modern. ©Richard Hamilton 2005. All rights reserved, DACS. Reproduction of Hamilton’s 1956 collage of the same name.

March in London this year offered a singular opportunity to see the work of the late Richard Hamilton in depth, centered on a major retrospective at the Tate Modern and supplemented by a choice exhibition of his prints at Alan Cristea Gallery and reconstructions of two of his notable installations, Man, Machine and Motion (1955) and an Exhibit (1957), at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). Read More