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Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now

November 11–February 3, 2019

Main Exhibition Galleries, East Building

About the Exhibition

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 hand-made to the digital, from two-dimensional prints to books and multi-media 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 Heap of 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.


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


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


Exhibition Hours

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


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
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Large Print Labels

Large print labels for the exhibition are available on your own device and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.

Audio Guide Transcript

The audio guide transcript for the exhibition is available on your own device and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.


A fully illustrated, color catalog 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 1.314.655.5249.


Opening Lecture
Editions and Printed Stuff in Retrospect: A Legacy of Artistic Production in the 1960s to the Present

Sunday, November 11, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
$5 / free for members
David Platzker, Director, Specific Object

Starting in the 1960s, contemporary artists began working with publishers, experimenting with commercial modes of making. This new approach of making resulted in artists creating editions of prints, artist books, and other projects, which invented new mediums of art. This talk will explore the spirit of these collaborations and new ways of making found in Graphic Revolution.

Teen Workshop
Open Studio: Print Shop

Friday, November 16, 6–8 pm
Education Center
Open studios are intended for teens ages 14–18

Teens are invited to a drop-in, print-making workshop to celebrate the opening of Graphic Revolution. All supplies are provided and no art experience is required. This program is hosted by the Museum’s Teen Arts Council.

Family Sundays
Make a Revolution

November 4, 11, 18, 25, 1–4 pm

Investigate artists who use innovative techniques and spread radical ideas. In celebration of Graphic Revolution, print, stamp, cut, construct, and build your next revolution.

Guided Tours

November 21, 24, and 28
December 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, and 29
11 am–noon

Main Exhibition Galleries
Free with exhibition ticket

Discover the stories, techniques, and history behind the pieces in Graphic Revolution on a docent guided tour.

Group Tours

Guided group tours of the exhibition for 10 or more participants are available. Tours can be scheduled online or by calling Madeline Perel at 314.655.5193. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow at least four weeks advance notice. Group tours are not available on Fridays.

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. The exhibition is organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum with generous support from the Edward L. Bakewell Jr. Endowment for Special Exhibitions. Financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by sponsorships from the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Figure Group Series
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
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
Robert Blackburn's Faux Pas
Robert Blackburn, American, 1920–2003; Faux Pas, 1960; lithograph; 30 × 24 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie 121:2017 © Robert Blackburn