Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Rude Britannia: British Comic Art

Above: a rude cartoon by saucy postcard cartoonist Donald McGill.

London's Tate Gallery's latest gallery show celebrates 300 years of British comic art and is titled Rude Britannia. The exhibition runs from June 9, 2010 to September 5, 2010

The exhibit includes Alice in Wonderland illustrations, Donald McGill’s smutty seaside postcards, Aubrey Beardsley, Cruikshank, Gerald Scarfe, Steve Bell, Rowlandson, Gillray, the Spitting Image's damning Thatcher puppet and the cartoonists from Viz.

Put together with some the country’s best-known cartoonists and comedy writers, this exhibition explores British comic art from the 1600s to the present day. Bringing together a wide array of paintings, sculptures, film and photography, as well as graphic art and comic books, the exhibition celebrates a rich history of cartooning and visual jokes.

Related: The Guardian's slideshow

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