Stephen Coppel

Curator of the Modern Collection
Modern prints and drawings of Western-based cultures (e.g. Europe, North and South America, Australasia) from the late 19thC to the present day

Department: Prints and Drawings

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Stephen Coppel is the Curator of modern prints and drawings in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. He was appointed Assistant Keeper of the print collection in 1992 and became responsible for the modern collection in 2004. He was previously curator of prints and illustrated books at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra from 1982 to 1992.

Current projects

Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation. From the Duerckheim Collection, exhibition, 6 February – 31 August 2014

American Prints from Pop to the Present, exhibition and catalogue, 2016

Previous projects

Fred Williams: An Australian Vision, exhibition and catalogue with Irena Zdanowicz, 2003

Matisse to Freud: A Critic’s Choice. The Alexander Walker Bequest, exhibition and brochure, 2004

Avigdor Arikha From Life: Drawings and Prints 1965-2005, exhibition and catalogue with Duncan Thomson, 2006

The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock, exhibition and catalogue with Jerzy Kierkuc-Bielinski, 2008

Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas, exhibition and catalogue with contribution by Wally Caruana, 2011

Picasso prints: the Vollard Suite, exhibition and catalogue, 3 May – 2 September 2012

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (1988 onwards)

British Art Medal Society (1999 onwards)

Recent publications

S. Coppel, Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite (London, British Museum Press, 2012)

S. Coppel, Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas, with contribution by W. Caruana on Aboriginal prints, (London: British Museum Press, 2011)

S. Coppel, The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock, with the assistance of J. Kierkuc-Bielinski, (London: British Museum Press, 2008), reprinted 2008 and 2010

S. Coppel, Avigdor Arikha from Life: Drawings and Prints 1965-2005, with D. Thomson, (London: British Museum Press, 2006)

S. Coppel, Imaging Ulysses: Richard Hamilton’s Illustrations to James Joyce (London: British Council, 2002)

S. Coppel, Picasso and Printmaking in Paris (London, South Bank Centre, National Touring Exhibitions, 1998)

S. Coppel, ‘William Mitchell (1820-1908) and John Malcolm of Poltalloch (1805-93)', chapter 7 and ‘George Salting (1835-1909)', chapter 8 in A.Griffiths (ed.) Landmarks in Print Collecting: Connoisseurs and Donors at the British Museum since 1753 (London: British Museum Press in association with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1996), pp.159-210

S. Coppel, Linocuts of the Machine Age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor School (Aldershot: Scolar Press, in association with the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 1995), reprinted 1997