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]

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

Stephen Chambers: The Big Country at the Royal Academy

Stephen Chambers, detail from The Big Country; Australia / New Zealand (2012), screenprint, 114 x 231 cm.

The Artists’ Laboratory is an ongoing series of events at the Royal Academy of Arts, now in its sixth incarnation, whose goal is to offer Academicians a chance to open up their practice, take risks and explore fresh ideas, and to show the public less familiar aspects of their work. …Read More

The Mechanical Hand: Artists’ Projects at Paupers Press

Mat Collishaw, Insecticide 15 (2009), photogravure etching, 70 x 70 cm. Edition of 35. Printed and published by Paupers Press.

For more than 25 years, Paupers Press in London has been making finely crafted, adventurous, and sometimes eccentric prints with British painters, sculptors and conceptual artists. Their 25th anniversary was recently marked with an exhibition of more than 200 prints at the Gallery in Kings Place, an exhibition space located in the new cultural quarter of Kings Cross in the very centre of London. …Read More

The Power of Dreams: Picasso’s Vollard Suite

Pablo Picasso, Two Catalan Drinkers (29 November 1934), plate 12 of The Vollard Suite (VS 12), etching, 23.7 x 29.7 cm. ©Succession Picasso/DACS 2011.

The exhibition “Picasso Prints—The Vollard Suite” at the British Museum is the result of an extraordinary act of generosity through which the complete suite of one hundred etchings that forms the Vollard Suite has been presented to the museum by Hamish Parker in memory of his father. It was a consequence of a conversation he had with the curator of prints and drawings, Stephen Coppell, during which Coppell mentioned in passing his dream for the museum to acquire what is undoubtedly Picasso’s greatest series of etchings. …Read More