Tony Phillips: 12 Decades at Bluecoat in Liverpool

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Tony Phillips: 12 Decades at Bluecoat in Liverpool
Tony Phillips, Rite of Spring 1919-1920. 2019. Etching.

Tony Phillips '12 Decades' at Bluecoat, City Centre 20 March — 29 August 2021 Entrance is free

Tony Phillips’ etching series 12 Decades continues a survey of modern history that has occupied him over the last 40 years. It complements a new installation, 20th Century Chapel, that he is working on for Liverpool’s ‘Bombed Out Church’, St. Luke’s, and a proposed pedestrian trail of public artworks between the two buildings.

The sequence of 12 etchings will go on display in 2021 at Bluecoat and narrates key events and man-made phenomena from 1900 to the present, from the pioneering inventions that heralded the modern age to the mass- production and consumerism that characterise life today. The focus is on the nature of technological progress evinced by Man’s age-old aspiration to fly, starting with an image of the first powered flight (1903), and proceeding through the decades into the modern era of supersonic jet fighters and drones.

Tony Phillips '12 Decades' at Bluecoat, City Centre 20 March — 29 August 2021 Entrance is free

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