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]
Read MoreOnce 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 MorePerhaps 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.