Exhibition

Modern Times: British Prints, 1913–1939

November 1, 2021–January 9, 2022
Free with Museum admission

During the tumultuous years between 1913 and 1939, numerous British artists and expatriates linked to Vorticism, Futurism, and the Grosvenor School of Modern Art turned to printmaking to convey the vibrancy and innovation, as well as the destruction and turmoil, of contemporary life. Modern Times: British Prints, 1913–1939 will feature more than 100 outstanding and rare works on paper made during this period. Their subjects—which included factories and underground trains, war-torn landscapes and “dazzle ships,” leisure activities, and the countryside as both idealized rural landscape and one transformed by urban expansion—reveal an interest in speed, motion, labor, industrialization, technology, and modernity broadly considered. In addition to traditional printmaking methods, artists embraced new techniques, such as the color linocut, which represented the artists’ democratic aspirations for both art making and collecting.

The exhibition will celebrate the transformative acquisition of British modernist works on paper from the collection of Leslie and Johanna Garfield, the most significant collection of its kind. Featured artists include Sybil Andrews, Claude Flight, Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, Cyril Power, and Edward Wadsworth, as well as international artists who worked or studied in Britain, such as Edward McKnight Kauffer and Lill Tschudi. Visitors will gain a greater and more comprehensive understanding of the artists’ oeuvres, printmaking, and British modernism as a whole in the years bracketed by two world wars.

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Take a closer look at objects from the exhibition Modern Times: British Prints, 1913–1939 with curator of Drawings and Prints, Jennifer Farrell.

Exhibition Objects

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Speed, Claude Flight  British, Color linocut on Japanese paper
Claude Flight (British, 1881–1955)
ca. 1922
Yorkshire Village, Edward Alexander Wadsworth  British, Woodcut
Edward Alexander Wadsworth (British, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire 1889–1949)
1914
The Winch, Sybil Andrews  Canadian, born England, Color linocut on Japanese paper
Sybil Andrews (Canadian (born England), Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk 1898–1992 Victoria, British Columbia)
1930
The Tube Station, Cyril E. Power  British, Color linoleum cut on Japanese paper
Cyril E. Power (British, London 1872–1951 London)
ca. 1932
The King's Horses, William Greengrass  British, Color linocut on Japanese paper
William Greengrass (British, 1892–1970)
1931
Troops Resting, Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson  British, Drypoint
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (British, London 1889–1946 London)
1916
Play Between 6 and 12--The Bright Hours, Edward McKnight Kauffer  American, Lithograph
Multiple artists/makers
1930; printed 1931
Speedway, Sybil Andrews  Canadian, born England, Color linocut on Japanese paper
Sybil Andrews (Canadian (born England), Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk 1898–1992 Victoria, British Columbia)
1934
Concert Hall, Sybil Andrews  Canadian, born England, Color linocut on Japanese paper
Sybil Andrews (Canadian (born England), Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk 1898–1992 Victoria, British Columbia)
1929
From Winters Gloom to Summers Joy, Edward McKnight Kauffer  American, Lithograph
Multiple artists/makers
1927
Marquee: Cyril E. Power (British, London 1872–1951 London). The Eight, 1930. Linocut, 13 in. x 9 1/4 in. (33 x 23.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Leslie and Johanna Garfield, 2019 (2019.415). © Estate of Cyril Power. All Rights Reserved, 2021 / Bridgeman Images