A celebration of print maverick Eduardo Paolozzi, through an exhibition and a new lager

Date
10 March 2016
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2 minute read

Few artists manage to work across projects as diverse as the inside of a London tube station, Paul McCartney album artwork, public sculpture and a superb body of graphic works. None, surely, do it as as well as Eduardo Paolozzi did.

Merging movements as diverse as surrealism, dadaism and pop art; Paolozzi is known for his bold, fast culture-infused work, and became an innovative proponent of printing media. A new show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, opening this week, celebrates his graphic print work; displaying work from series including BUNK, Moonstrip Empire News and General Dynamic FUN.

According to the gallery, Paolozzi’s work draws parallels with its current display of work by KAWS in the space. “With a distance of over half a century between both artists, this display reveals a powerful artistic lineage while revealing ways in which our society has changed together with its evolving preoccupations,” says YSP. “Both artists share a passion for toys, making art that is responsive to contemporary culture and reflecting evolving cultural iconography.”

Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, Edinburgh Beer Factory has launched a Paolozzi-inspired lager celebrating the Scottish-born artist. The lager’s graphics, by Dave Towers, draw on the “industrial pipework and the fluid piping in some of Paolozzi’s work,” according to the brand; while the bottle and glass designs by JKR designer Sean Lingwood use a porthole graphic to showcase the artist’s Illumination and the Eye print.

Eduardo Paolozzi is at Yorkshire Sculpture Park from 12 March – 12 June.

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Eduardo Paolozzi: Hollywood Wax Museum from Zero Energy Experimental Pile, 1969–70. Courtesy YSP © The Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation

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Eduardo Paolozzi: Human Fate and World Powers from Zero Energy Experimental Pile, 1969–70. Courtesy YSP © The Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation

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Eduardo Paolozzi: Human Fate and World Powers from Zero Energy Experimental Pile, 1969–70. Courtesy YSP © The Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation

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Eduardo Paolozzi: Formica-Formikel from Moonstrips Empire News, 1967. Courtesy YSP © The Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation

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Eduardo Paolozzi: Standard Pacific Time from Zero Energy Experimental Pile, 1969–70. Courtesy YSP © The Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation

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Edinburgh Beer Factory: Paolozzi

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Eduardo Paolozzi: I Was a Rich Man’s Plaything

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Eduardo Paolozzi: I Was a Rich Man’s Plaything

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Emily joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in the summer of 2014 after four years at Design Week. She is particularly interested in graphic design, branding and music. After working It's Nice That as both Online Editor and Deputy Editor, Emily left the company in 2016.

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