Featuring prints from the decade 1962-1972, the exhibition concentrates on what was something of a boom period in British printmaking. This was in large part due to the rise in the status of screen printing as a fine art medium. With its facility for printing large areas of solid colour, combined with the recent advances made in the development of photo-printmaking techniques, screen printing lent itself to a wide range of imagery and was eagerly taken up by both established and emerging artists of the time. The exhibition title pays homage to Eduardo Paolozzi's suite of 12 screen prints, As is When, published in 1965, which has been referred to as ' the first masterpiece of the medium.'
In addition to screen prints, the exhibition includes etchings and lithographs and features a number of innovatory prints which explored the use of new materials. Included are three of the first editioned screen prints on Perspex from the Fragments series of 1965 by Bridget Riley, three screen prints on Acetate from Joe Tilson's Clip-O-Matic series of 1967-69, and three of Richard Hamilton's vacuum formed Guggenheim relief multiples from 1970.
A fully illustrated catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition. Including colour reproductions of all the prints in the exhibition, an essay by the exhibition curator Richard Riley, biographical details of the artists and a chronology of the period. ISBN 0863555179 Available from Cornerhouse www.cornerhouse.org. A bi-lingual (English/Mandarin edition, with forewords by Kun-liang Chiu, Minister of Cultural Affairs, Pao-shia Huesh, Director of the National Museum of Fine Art and J J Shih, Director of the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, was published by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. ISBN 13: 978-986-00-6119-2; 10: 986-006119-X