The British Museum will present a collection of works that chart American printmaking from the 1960’s pop movement to present-day. Sponsored by Morgan Stanley and supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, The American Dream: pop to present will take a look at how these works flourished within a time when America was at its most turbulent.

Pieces from New York’s Museum of Modern art and the National Gallery of art in Washington DC will be showcased, alongside works from the British Museum’s extensive collection of prints. More than 200 creations by 70 artists will trace the medium over the past six decades - from pop’s inception in the New York and West Coast in the early 1960s, through to the conceptual art and photorealism in the 1970s, to the contemporary practices that we see today.

Art from some of America’s greatest artists will feature, including Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol. The exhibition will seek to explore the innovative techniques that said artists used, as well as the issues they addressed, such as rce, AIDS and feminism. On view will be large scale prints including Warhol’s Marilyn, alongside intimate pieces like Ed Ruscha’s and Ida Applebroog’s artists’ workbooks.

Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum said: “The American Dream is an extremely exciting project for the British Museum, highlighting our extraordinary holdings of American prints and drawings. The Museum has been building up this collection of modern and contemporary works.”

9 March – 18 June 2017

Image: Standard Station, Ed Ruscha