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Eduardo Paolozzi - Petit Palais

Collage City, 1975

180 x 190 x 110 cm
Presented by : C L E A R I N G, New-York, Brussels

Eduardo Paolozzi was born in 1924, in Leith in Scotland.

Robin Spencer remembers visiting Paolozzi at Juby’s, the factory in Ipswich in the United Kingdom where he made all of his aluminium sculptures from 1962 to 1975. Collage City was one of the last sculptures that Paolozzi made there and during Spencer’s visit Paolozzi, deliberating over the ‘bits’ on the top remarked, “you have to know when to stop gilding the lily”.

Collage City was titled after the book Collage City by the architect and theorist Colin Rowe, that followed an eponymous article published in Art-Architecture early in 1975. The sculpture alludes to the theme and subject of art-architecture which occurs throughout Paolozzi’s work, in his sculpture, prints and collaborations, for example with the Smithsons, Ronald Jenkins and Richard Rogers,.

Together with Neorema-Leoend, 1975 (collection of Hamburger Kunsthalle), Collage City was one of the last aluminium sculptures that Paolozzi made at Juby’s, though it relates closely to two sculptures that he made a decade earlier, Medea, 1964 (Rijksmuseum) and Poem For Trio MRT, 1964 (Leeds City Art Gallery)

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