Eduardo Paolozzi FROM - 15 Apr 2017

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century. 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.” Whitechapel Gallery

The major retrospective of the work of Eduardo Paolozzi is currently taking place at the Whitechapel Gallery; something that is considered long overdue by many. To be able to view such a broad range of work by this iconic artist is a wonderful opportunity but imagine if you could also own some of his work.

Sylvester Fine Art will be mounting a selling exhibition of work by Paolozzi from mid-April until mid-May. Considered the grandfather of Pop Art Paolozzi had a formidable reputation as a sculptor and printmaker; a modern artist, internationally renowned, and universally acclaimed.

In 1952 Paolozzi, founder of the Independent Group of artists, presented a ground-breaking lecture to its members at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Entitled Bunk, Paolozzi’s talk started with an optical projector. Under its white-hot lamp he slid projection after projection of clustered collages made from magazine clippings, newspaper shreds, commercial copy, pin-up postcards – all manner of refuse. He pored over the details and discussed their cultural and artistic value. In a single presentation, he changed the face of 20th century art forever: the notion of ‘Pop Art’ was born.

In a 1960 interview, Paolozzi spoke of how he was interested, above all, in the golden ability of the artist to achieve a metamorphosis of quite ordinary things into something wonderful and extraordinary…the sublime of everyday life.

The upcoming exhibition will feature work from some of Paolozzi’s most iconic print suites – Bunk, Cloud Atomic Laboratory, General Dynamic F.U.N. – and will include the opportunity for someone to acquire one of the original designs for one of the landmark mosaics that have been a feature of Tottenham Court Road tube station since the late 1980s. Of the mosaics, the esteemed art critic Richard Cork said that they were no less than a tour de force of modern art; to Roger de Grey, then president of the Royal Academy, Paolozzi’s work stated they constituted a remarkable event in the development in public art in this country, showing how art can transform our everyday surroundings.

Paolozzi was born in Scotland to Italian parents and attended evening classes at the Edinburgh College of Art before studying at St. Martin’s School of Art and later transferring to London’s Slade School of Art, where he graduated in 1947. He taught all over the world as guest professor and lecturer, and was knighted in 1988. Eduardo Paolozzi died in 2005.

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