Sarah Grant is Curator of Prints in the Word & Image Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum. She has curated numerous displays, including “Modern Masters: prints by Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol” (V&A, 2010), and is co-author of a forthcoming book on the V&A’s collections of fashion plates and fashion satire: Style and Satire: fashion in print 1776-1925 (London: V&A Publishing, 2014). [September 2014]

Chiaroscuro Woodcut: Baselitz Divided

Once every decade or so an exhibition comes along that constitutes a landmark in its purpose and scope. Though Renaissance paintings and drawings regularly form the focus of blockbuster museum shows, Renaissance prints are another matter altogether, and woodcuts have been particularly neglected. Read More

Gary Hume’s Greatest Hits

Perhaps it was the unseasonably bitter October weather, but any viewer of Gary Hume’s Paradise Printing Four prints at this year’s Multiplied Fair in London, could easily have felt transported to another clime. These six linocuts evoke all the sultry heat of the South Pacific with their vibrant, Gauguin-esque palette of ochre, rose-pink and bruised green. The compositions, in particular Magda and Elsewhere, also summon that artist’s paintings and prints of French Polynesia and its female inhabitants. Read More

Designed to Impress: Highlights from the Fitzwilliam Museum Print Collection

There is an undeniable charm to historic print rooms and the Charrington, the setting for this display of highlights from the Fitzwilliam’s print collections, is just such a space, a calm retreat lined with presses and tucked away behind a suite of galleries where one can well imagine visitors have whiled away many an hour over the years. “No more delectable way of spending a morning could be pursued” a visitor to a similar print room enthused in 1825, “than in feeding the mind, without toil to the body, by such a medium.” Read More