Alice David

PhD Student

After Utopia: Graphic Art and the Avant-Garde in 1970s’ Latin America

Supervised by Dr Klara Kemp-Welch

Funded by AHRC/CHASE 

My thesis proposes a history of printmaking and graphic art in three Latin American countries to supplement more dominant accounts of experimental art in the late 1960s and 1970s. While some artists pushed the limits of new printing technologies such as xerography, many others revisited more familiar processes such as engraving and woodcut, inventing new traditions as a protest against market demands for novelty. Studying the ways in which artists both responded to and rejected the established conventions of the medium, I am also interested in the multiple ways in which the print medium can collaborate with artists in their work by resisting or complicating progressive teleology at a material level.


  • PhD Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art (2019 – present)
  • MA History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art (2017 – 2018)
  • BA Modern Languages, University of Bristol (2013 – 2017)

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century art and printmaking
  • Cold War art and politics
  • Modernism and global modernity

Conference Papers and Reviews

‘Semi-Mechanical Print Tactics and Urban Interventions in Mexico City (1971–82)’, AAH Annual Conference, Brighton, 2018.

‘Finding Space to Play: Xerox Art in Brazil, 1980 – 1982’, Virtual Encounters, University of East Anglia, 2021.

‘Performing Prints: Grupo Suma’s Stencil Works’, Emerging Researchers, Durham University’s Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American art  & Edinburgh College of Art , 2021.

Review of ¡Printing the Revolution!; The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now, Washington: Smithsonian American Art: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020. In Critique d’art Actualité de la littérature critique sur l’art contemporain, Spring 2021.


  • Teaching Assistant, BA1 Foundations, Autumn Term 2020, The Courtauld Institute of Art.
  • Associate Lecturer, BA2 Cold War Cultures: Art in a Divided World 1945 – 1991, Autumn Term 2021-2022, The Courtauld Institute of Art.
  • Associate Lecturer, MA Countercultures: Alternative Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1959-1989, Autumn Term 2022-2023, The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Other Activities

  • Teaching Assistant at The Courtauld’s Summer School, 2020.
  • Associate Editor at immediations, 2019 – 2020.