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The American Dream: pop to the present

British Museum, London

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The past six decades have been among the most dynamic and turbulent in US history, from JFK’s assassination, to the AIDS crisis, racism and gender politics. Responding to the changing times, American artists have produced prints unprecedented in their scale and ambition. Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition includes works by the most celebrated American artists including Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns to Ed Ruscha and Julie Mehretu – all boldly experimented with printmaking. Experience this extraordinary history through their eyes. Many of these works also address the deep divisions in society that continue to resonate with us today. This exhibition presents the Museum’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary American prints for the first time. These will be shown with important loan works from around the world. Find out more about the ‘American Dream’ exhibition from the British Museum’s website.

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Flags I (1973), Jasper Johns. © Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016. © Tom Powel Imaging

Flags I (1973), Jasper Johns. © Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016. © Tom Powel Imaging

Jackie II (Jacqueline Kennedy II) (1965), Andy Warhol. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

Jackie II (Jacqueline Kennedy II) (1965), Andy Warhol. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

no world from An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters (2010), Kara Walker. © Kara Walker. Reproduced by permission of the artist

no world from An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters (2010), Kara Walker. © Kara Walker. Reproduced by permission of the artist

Standard Station (1966), Edward Ruscha. The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence. © Ed Ruscha. Reproduced by permission of the artist

Standard Station (1966), Edward Ruscha. The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence. © Ed Ruscha. Reproduced by permission of the artist

Vote McGovern (1972), Andy Warhol. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

Vote McGovern (1972), Andy Warhol. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

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