Yes Yes Yes Yes: graphics from the 1960s and 1970s

28 July – 23 September 2018

Discover the playful spirit, visual energy and political thrust of graphic art from the 1960s and 1970s in this touring exhibition from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. These decades were an exciting period in the visual arts, when advances in printmaking techniques and the ever-increasing power of mass media provided artists with diverse and innovative ways to communicate their ideas to a wider audience. Inspired by the title of a work by Joe Tilson in the exhibition, the phrase ‘yes yes yes yes’ evokes the democratic spirit and ethos of technical innovation shared by many of these artists and their printers, who sought to distribute ‘fine art’ imagery more broadly through methods of mechanical reproduction. The international line-up of artists includes Eduardo Paolozzi, Sigmar Polke, Joe Tilson, and Gerhard Richter.

Joe Tilson E - Erotic - Earth - Eyes from the portfolio A-Z Box ... fragments of an oneiric alphabet ... 1969 (detail) colour photo screenprint, photo screenprint, collage, printed both sides of sheet, 74.8 x 49.8 cm, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1995 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine © Joe Tilson, 1969-70/DACS. Licensed by Copyright Agency