Recently we discussed an interesting exhibit of medals at the British Museum. Thankfully, the exhibit has spawned a book which is being distributed in the U.S. by David Brown Book Company. Ian Stevens of David Brown forwarded the following description. The paperback retails for $29.95. -Editor Alongside the longstanding and well-known association of medals with glory and achievement lies another darker tradition of the medal as an indicator of dishonour. Medals of Dishonour will reveal this little-known history, and will also show internationally renowned contemporary artists engaging with the medal as a vehicle for political and social comment.
The first part of the catalogue consists of a representative selection of about twenty medals of the 17th-20th centuries, including Dutch medals satirizing James II and Louis XIV, German and British medals on financial scandal and political corruption, a French medal showing Napoleon III as a cockchafer, German WWI anti-war medals, and two of David Smith's Medal for Dishonor.
The second part consists of medals and related drawings recently commissioned by the British Art Medal Trust from twelve celebrated contemporary artists. The artists were asked to make works focusing on important issues of our times. Subjects include war, race, ASBOs (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders: a recent British phenomenon) and our modern obsession with shopping. 136p, 170 colour illus. (British Museum Press 2009)
To order the book from David Brown, see: www.oxbowbooks.com/bookinfo.cfm/ID/69552/Location/DBBC
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: AUDIO SLIDESHOW: MEDALS OF DISHONOUR (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n26a07.html)
We are also now distributing books from Italian publisher Edizioni Polistampa, who publish catalogues of medal and coin collections.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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