Eduardo Paolozzi at Whitechapel Gallery London

Le Robot Robert Voulait Aller a New York Mais Le Passenger Est Trop Lourd / TWA Plain-Steps-Cap
14 Persons with two Stewardesses and Wonder Toy (from the Cloud Atomic Laboratory portfolio), 1971.
Photogravure. 23.3 x 35cm Courtesy C L E A R I N G New York / Brussels
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

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Eduardo Paolozzi at Whitechapel Gallery London

Prolific and experimental, a new Eduardo Paolozzi retrospective documents the life of a restless pioneer...

‘Eduardo Paolozzi was one of the most prolific, innovative and surprising artists from Britain. Never one to be told what to do, Paolozzi broke all conventions of art and consistently reinvented himself and his work,’ explains Daniel F. Herrmann, curator at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Eduardo Paolozzi Fun Fair, 1947

Fun Fair, 1947
Collage, Ink and watercolour on paper
43 x 49 cm. Government Art Collection © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

The East London gallery has recently unveiled a major retrospective of the Scottish Pop pioneer’s expansive artistic endeavours, some 250 plus works traversing a landmark career that took in five decades and some of contemporary art’s most significant movements. From brutalist sculptures in the 1940s to revered public art in the 1980s (the celebrated mosaics at Tottenham Court Road underground station definitely his most-seen work), Paolozzi’s restless creativity saw him tinker with everything from record sleeves to collages, print work to textile‎ and fashion design; and just about anything else in between.

Split into four chronological sections, the comprehensive retrospective charts the path of a radical thinker with a deep-seated hunger for experimentation. Diana as an Engine I, a 1963 aluminium sculpture that could be seen as a precursor to Ettore Sottsass’s Memphis movement; frenetic collage works that echo contemporaries like Robert Rauschenberg; figurative sculptures that dominated his late work in the 1990s; a career-long obsession with American throw-away culture, toys and mass-marketing … eternally uncompromising, consistently influential, Eduardo Paolozzi‘s feverish reinventions confirm him as one of the 20th century’s true art greats. Stocked with rarely exhibited works and lesser-known aspects of his fidgety practice, this retrospective is vital viewing.

Eduardo Paolozzi continues at Whitechapel Gallery, London, until 14 May.

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Eduardo Paolozzi Wittgenstein in New York (from the As is When portfolio)

Wittgenstein in New York (from the As is When portfolio), 1965
Screenprint. 76 x 53.5cm
Courtesy Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Eduardo Paolozzi Conjectures to Identity

Conjectures to Identity, 1963–64
Screenprint. 79.5 x 52.5 cm
British Council Collection
Courtesy the British Council Collection
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Eduardo Paolozzi The Whitworth Tapestry, 1967

The Whitworth Tapestry, 1967
Wool, Linen and Terylene. 213 x 426 cm
Courtesy The Whitworth, University of Manchester
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Eduardo Paolozzi Diana as an Engine I, 1963–6

Diana as an Engine I, 1963–6
Aluminium. Height 162.6 cm
British Council Collection
Courtesy the British Council Collection
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Eduardo Paolozzi Tottenham Court Road Underground Station

Tottenham Court Road Underground Station, London
Unveiled in 1986. Translucent glass mosaic
Courtesy Transport for London Photograph © Transport for London

Eduardo Paolozzi Avant-Garde, 1970

Avant-Garde, 1970
Screenprint. 92 x 59cm. Courtesy Independent Gallery, London
Image courtesy Venator & Hanstein, Cologne © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Eduardo Paolozzi BLAH

Real Gold (from the Bunk! portfolio), 1972
Screenprint. 32.5 x 24.3 cm
Courtesy goldmarkart.com
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Eduardo Paolozzi A Maximis Ad Minima, 1998

A Maximis Ad Minima, 1998
Bronze 132 x 250 x 122 cm
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Image Courtesy Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Eduardo Paolozzi Newton After Blake, 1994-7

Newton After Blake, 1994-7
Bronze, height: 3.7 cm, British Library forecourt, London
Photo, Paul Grundy. Image Courtesy the British Library

Eduardo Paolozzi Klokvormig Masker, 1946-47

Klokvormig Masker, 1946-47
Collage on paper 25 x 19 cm
Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Eduardo Paolozzi Allegro Moderato Fireman’s Parade

Allegro Moderato Fireman’s Parade
(from the Calcium of Light portfolio), 1974-76
Screenprint 78.8 x 50.2 cm
Courtesy C L E A R I N G New York / Brussels
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

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