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The American Dream at the British Museum

15th Feb 2017

The American Dream is the UK’s first major exhibition to chart modern and contemporary American printmaking. Many of America’s greatest artists will feature, including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Louise Bourgeois, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol, all of whom engaged with printmaking to create some of the most enduring images of recent years.

The exhibition of 200 works by 70 artists will explore the innovative techniques and unprecedented scale, boldness and ambition that made American printmaking an ideal expression of the USA’s power and influence, as well as how the medium addressed contemporary social issues such as race, AIDS, and feminism. The exhibition will include important loans from institutions such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, as well as works drawn from the British Museum’s extensive collection of prints, including works from Jim Dine's recent donation of over 200 prints to the British Museum.

The American Dream: Pop to the Present at the British Museum, London, from 9 March - 18 June 2017

Image: Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Flags I. Colour screenprint, 1973. Gift of Johanna and Leslie Garfield, on loan from the American Friends of the British Museum. © Jasper Johns/VAGA, NewYork/DACS, London 2016. © Tom Powel Imaging