A brand new exhibition opened in September at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum featuring work by almost 60 artists including David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. “The Printed Line” explores how artists have used a variety of printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line since the beginning of the twentieth century up to the present day. From the thick velvety line of drypoint, to delicate wood engraving and vibrant screen prints, the exhibition is a wonderfully eclectic collection of artworks curated by the Arts Council. The exhibition includes Henri Matisse’s Le Grand Bois, the largest and most important of four woodcuts which he made in 1906-07 and was one of the three woodcuts shown at Matisse’s second solo exhibition in 1906. The Vollard Suite is one of Pablo Picasso’smost important series of prints. It comprises 100 works produced between 1930 and 1937 at a critical time in Picasso’s career.

A line drawing by Rachel Whiteread
Rachel Whiteread,Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London© the artist

While Rachel Whiteread is best known for her sculptural work, drawing has always remained a critical part of her practice. For L0nd0n 2O12, she has composed a pattern of overlapping rings in the Olympic colours. The rings explore the emblem of the Olympic Games, and also represent marks left by drinking bottles or glasses, acting as memories of a social gathering, such as the athletes in the stadium during the opening ceremony or the spectators of the Games. All the prints in this exhibition are from the Arts Council Collection, which is the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art and includes fine examples of work by all of this country’s most prominent artists.

A line drawing by Henri
Henri Matisse, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2019

The Art Gallery & Museum re-opened to visitors in July following closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Public health guidance has been followed to ensure all visitors feel safe during their visit, including measures such as one-way systems, contactless payments and hand sanitiser stations. As a result the Art Gallery & Museum has been awarded Visit Britain’s ‘Good to Go’ industry standard. A brand new Museum Shop has also opened in the foyer of the Art Gallery & Museum, with cards and gifts taking inspiration from artworks in the collections. For more information on the Art Gallery & Museum, what’s on and safety and social distancing measures please visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

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