Medals of dishonourPhillip Attwood, Felicity Powell,
Publisher: London : British Museum, 2009.
ISBN: 0714118168 ISBN13: 9780714118161 DDC: 737.22074421 LCC: CJ5508 Edition: (pbk.)
Summary:Alongside the long standing and well-known association of medals with
glory and achievement lies another darker tradition of the medal as
an indicator of dishonour. Medals of Dishonour will reveal this
little-known history, and will also show internationally renowned
contemporary artists engaging with the medal as a vehicle for
political and social comment. The first part of the catalogue
consists of a representative selection of about twenty medals of the
17th-20th centuries, including German and British medals on financial
scandal and political corruption, a French medal showing Napoleon III
as a cockchafer, German WWI anti-war medals, and two of David Smith'
s Medal for Dishonour. The second part consists of medals and related
drawings recently commissioned by the British Art Medal Trust from
twelve celebrated contemporary artists. Artists were asked to make
works focusing on important issues of our times. Subjects include
war, race, ASBOs and our modern obsession with shopping.
Notes:Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at the
British Museum from 25 June to 27 Sept. 2009.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 130-134) and index.
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LCC Number: CJ5508
Book Details:Language: eng
Physical Description: 136 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.
Edition Info: (pbk.)
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