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Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now examines the transformational decade of the 1960s through the early 21st century, and the emergence of the creative synergies between the artists, publishers, printers, dealers, and collectors who have been critical to the development of American art during that time.

The explosion of printmaking activity that began in the United States in the 1960s stands out for the radical spirit of exploration and experimentation that amplified the possibilities of contemporary art. Often in collaboration with technically proficient and market-savvy printers and publishers, artists have long been reimagining what a print can be and using printmaking to push the boundaries of historical and popular imagery by engaging with contemporary issues and new technologies. The inventive options an artist has to choose from today range from the handmade to the digital, from two-dimensional prints to books and multimedia objects.

Drawing from the Saint Louis Art Museum’s notable collection of post–World War II American prints and the holdings of private collections in St. Louis, the exhibition features more than 110 works by a diverse group of artists whose visual imagery helped define the spirit of their time. Notable highlights include works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Conner, Barbara Kruger, Luis Jimenez, Edgar of Heap Birds, Julie Mehretu, and many more. Together, these individuals established a fertile setting for artists of diverse perspectives to make new work, examples of which are put into dialogue with each other throughout the exhibition.

Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now is curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; and Gretchen L. Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.

Figure Group Series

Rosa Lee Lovell, American, 1935–1969; Figure Group Series, 1969; screenprint; sheet: 24 13/16 × 29 5/16 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Mr. William Lovell 127:1971 © Rosa Lee Lovell

Audio Guide

Enhance your Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now experience with a free audio guide that can be accessed using your own device.

Hours and Pricing

Exhibition Hours

Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Closed Monday
Holiday hours are noted on our calendar

Tickets

Members always free.
Adults: $14
Seniors and Students: $12
Children (6–12): $6
Children (5 and under): Free; ticket required
Free on Fridays: Subject to availability
Guided group tours (10 or more) available

  • Tickets can be purchased or reserved in person at one of the Museum Information Centers, by calling MetroTix at 314-534-1111, or order online at MetroTix.com. Tickets cannot be obtained by calling the Museum directly. Tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets reserved at the Museum. Same day tickets must be purchased at the Museum and are not available through MetroTix. Free on Fridays: Subject to availability; ticket required; limited to six tickets per reservation

Head

Roy Lichtenstein, American, 1923–1997; Head, 1980; woodcut with embossing; sheet: 40 × 33 5/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Julian and Hope Edison 87:2012.6 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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Large Print Labels

Large print labels for Graphic Revolution are available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.

Audio Guide Transcript

A transcript of the audio guide for the exhibition will be available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.

Catalogue

A fully illustrated, color catalogue with introductory essays by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; and Gretchen L. Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for prints, drawings, and photographs is available for purchase in the Museum Shops or by phone at 314.655.5249.

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Explore Lab

Don’t miss the Graphic Revolution hands-on gallery midway through the exhibition. Browse popular magazines from the 1960s to the 2000s, explore a decade-by-decade timeline featuring key artworks and notable world events, and add your own personal event to the timeline.

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