If ever we needed art with a funny bone and a razor tongue, it is now. The British Museum must think so too, because the latest show in its Prints and Drawings room consists of around 300 postcard works of art, rare examples of a playful phenomenon that sluiced through the art world in the Sixties and Seventies, and that has bubbled up intermittently since.
Postcards were one of a clutch of subversive ways to show art and express ideas that began bypassing the hierarchical, typically closed-off gallery scene in the Sixties – performances, posters, leaflets were others – in both Europe and America. They had many virtues, not least that they were inexpensive and non-precious, which encouraged experimentation....
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