Akhmatova Museum of St.Petersburg, July 23 - September 15
Exhibition of prints by 24 acclaimed British artists widely showing
in the UK as well as abroad, organised by the British Council, will
be open today in Anna Akhmatova Museum. The works are made in a technique
which is not familiar to the artists who thus have opened a new field
for experiments and expanded the possibilities in print-making. The
series of works selected for the exhibition were made under the imprint
of Paragon Press publishing firm. Charles Booth-Clibborn who owns the
company suggested they make a series of prints with him. He recognised
that new printing and digital technologies could transform this most
traditional of media, making it a natural testbed for experimentation
(eg Adam Lowe's prints that incorporate traces left by cosmic ray activity).
Or that controversially, it offered unique opportunities to artists
to expand and enhance their usual practice (eg Gary Hume's magnificent
series of Spring Angels).
Most importantly, the Paragon Press has allowed the work of a whole
range of British artists to be more widely known, appreciated and acquired
than would otherwise have been the case. By inviting artists from across
the spectrum - from abstract painters such as Patrick Heron and Terry
Frost through the 'New Sculptors'
represented by Richard Deacon, Bill Woodrow and Anish Kapoor to conceptual
artists such as Cerith Wyn Evans and Anya Gallaccio, - Paragon Press
is admirable catholic, reminding us that good art survives fashion and
always has something new to offer, no matter at what date it was made,
or what age the artist.
Most artists in the exhibitions are known to the wide audience as members
of the acclaimed YBA movement (Young British Artsists), later known
as BritArt, which emerged in 1988 after Damian Hirst have invited some
of his Goldsmith fellow students to be in Freeze show. Some were winners
or nominees of the prestigious Turner Prize.
source - British