EXHIBITIONS From The State Art Collection


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Plates, Blocks and stones: five centuries of international prints

30 July – 28 November 2011

This display brings together 88 rarely seen international prints from the State Art Collection. Featuring works produced over five centuries by some of the most influential artists in Western art, their delicacy, power and technical skill celebrate the art and craft of printmaking. The array of printmaking techniques is compelling and reveals the distinct means of expression of the print.

This first Collection in focus display, features the powerful imagery of Käthe Kollwitz and the riveting and haunting visions of Goya, the delicacy of a Lovis Corinth and Edvard Munch’s drypoint line, along with the beautifully sophisticated prints of constructivist artist El Lissitzky. It celebrates both individual achievement and the tradition of printmaking practice across the globe.

Wassily Kandinsky

Klänge [Sounds] 1913 (detail)
artist’s book
12 colour and 44 black & white woodcuts, letterpress text, ed. 52/100
28.5 x 28.5 x 1.3 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1984

Plates, blocks and stones also presents outstanding works by artists including Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, William Blake, James Whistler, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Jacques Villon, Odilon Redon, Paul Nash, Stanley William Hayter and David Hockney, as well as a fine collection of nineteenth century Japanese colour woodcuts.

The display concludes with the 1960s work of artists such as Josef Albers, Bridget Riley, and Andy Warhol, a signal to the new directions this dynamic medium took in the latter decades of the twentieth century.

Plates, blocks and stones: five centuries of international prints is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.


Edvard Munch
Der tag danach [The day after] 1895
drypoint and aquatint
19.5 x 28.0 cm (image), 21.0 x 29.3 cm (plate), 30.1 x 37.4 cm (sheet)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1956





Last Reviewed 3 August 2011

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