Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture
6 July – 13 October 2013
An exhibition of drawings, sculptures and paintings by the highly imaginative artist who embraced the social changes of the swinging sixties and became one of the founding members of the British Pop art movement.
A larger-than-life figure, Eduardo Paolozzi was one of the innovators of British Pop art, celebrating the age of mass production in his collages, sculptures and paintings. Fabricating work from magazine spreads, adverts, lettering and newspaper stories, Paolozzi offered a colourful vision of post-war Britain and the impact of pop and commercialism.
The Pallant House Gallery owns an extensive collection of works on paper by the artist. From early cut outs created while at art school with fellow Pop artist Richard Hamilton, to late sketches for sculptures, this exhibition reveals an artist with an acute sense of the modern world and his place within it.
Paolozzi was fascinated by the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and like him, had an interest in engineering and a love of the cinema. In the early 1960s the artist made a series of collages and screenprints inspired by the theorist’s writings. ‘Wittgenstein in New York from 'As is When', 1965’, is a vibrant image of the Big Apple. Mechanical figures, abstract images and flags jostle for position against a backdrop of skyscrapers and a shimmering orange sky.
Paolozzi embraced colour, using it to represent the optimism of the 1960s in reaction to the drab, ration book grey, of the post-war years.