[ A print with emphasis on yellow, red, pink, and white tones. The border of the composition consists of a thin red edge with a thicker yellow edge with very thin red lines closer to the center. The center portrays a geometric pattern of red, pink and white using line and square forms. ]

Eduardo Paolozzi

Becoming is Meaning Like Nothing is Going from General Dynamic F.U.N. , 1965 – 1970

Artwork Type: Prints
Medium: Photolithograph on paper
Dimensions: 15 x 10 in. (38.1 x 25.4 cm)
Accession #: 19800624.16
Credit: Collection of University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York on behalf of The University at Albany Foundation , Gift of Nicolo Pignatelli
Related Exhibition:
When We Were Young: Rethinking Abstraction From The University At Albany Art Collections (1967-Present)
Object Label:
Eduardo Paolozzi’s prints defiantly merge popular culture and modern abstraction. Paolozzi, whose work was a forerunner to Pop Art and who was a participant in the 1956 exhibit This Is Tomorrow (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London), often credited as the first Pop Art exhibition, drew from popular sources verboten in the realms of fine art and high modern abstraction of his day. His colorful portfolio General Dynamic F.U.N., from which these abstract prints were selected, also includes an eclectic mix of imagery appropriated from advertisements, as well as pictures of famous actresses and bodybuilders. In these four pieces, Paolozzi investigates the geometry of a machine aesthetic and modern urban architecture. Some of the titles parody the utopian idealism of pre-World War II modern architects and artists. Similar to Andy Warhol’s screenprints, the purposeful messiness and slight misregistration of some of Paolozzi’s prints evoke the aesthetic of cheap commercial printing typically used for mass production of pop culture.
When We Were Young: Rethinking Abstraction From The University At Albany Art Collections (1967-Present)

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