artist : Sir Eduardo paolozzi

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century. In the early summer of 1952 Paolozzi presented a groundbreaking lecture to the Independent Group of artists. Projecting collages made from magazine clippings, newspaper shreds, commercial copy, and pin-up postcards onto a large screen, he spoke at length about their artistic value. In a single presentation, he had changed the face of 20th century art forever: the notion of ‘Pop Art’ was born. Considered the ‘godfather of Pop Art’, his collages, sculptures and prints challenged artistic convention, from the 1950s through to the Swinging Sixties and advent of ‘Cool Britannia’ in the 1990s. In the early summer of 1952 Paolozzi presented a groundbreaking lecture to the Independent Group of artists. Projecting collages made from magazine clippings, newspaper shreds, commercial copy, and pin-up postcards onto a large screen, he spoke at length about their artistic value. In a single presentation, he had changed the face of 20th century art forever: the notion of ‘Pop Art’ was born. 

The Whitechapel Gallery has had recently held a major Eduardo Paolozzi retrospective spanning five decades and featured over 250 works; from the artist’s post-War bronzes, revolutionary screen-prints and collages, to his bold textiles and fashion designs.Alongside Paolozzi’s early brutalist concrete sculptures, highlights include material from his groundbreaking performance lecture Bunk! (1952), his large-scale Whitworth Tapestry (1967) and the iconic sculpture Diana as an Engine (1963).

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