Medals of Dishonour
by Philip Attwood and Felicity Powell
Medals have always been associated with honour and glory. And yet for almost five centuries another kind of medal has run in parallel with these celebratory art works: the medal that disparages or condemns rather than honours or glorifies; that centres on what is perceived as wrong rather than what is thought to be right. This survey of medals, from the sixteenth century to the work of contemporary artists such as Grayson Perry, Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Mona Hatoum, provides a fascinating insight into a little-known cultural phenomenon. The catalogue was published to accompany a British Museum exhibition at the Hermitage.
152pp, softback, 275 x 225mm, 140 illustrations
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The brainchild of a contemporary artist and medal-maker, Felicity Powell, it is one of the most original and compelling shows of the year