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The Printed Line

Image: Patrick Caulfield, Oh Hélène, J’erre en ma chambre (Oh Helen, I roam my room), screenprint, 1973

This exhibition from the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, considers how artists have used a variety of printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line, from the thick velvety line of drypoint and the heavy cross-hatching of etching to delicate wood engraving and boldly coloured screenprints and lithographs. Spanning the 20th century and up to the present day, the exhibition will include Walter Sickert‘s masterly cross-hatched etching The Old Middlesex (c.1910), Ben Nicholson‘s rich drypoint Halse Town 1949 (1949), Eduardo Chillida‘s bold etchings, David Hockney‘s pared down linear etchings in Illustrations for Fourteen Poems from C. P. Cavafy (1966-67) and Henri Matisse’s  Torse au visage coupe (1912). The use of colour will be explored in screenprints by Bridget Riley and Kenneth Martin, as well as Simon Patterson‘s witty lithograph reworking of the lines of the London tube map.

23 October – 15 January 2022
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