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Archive: April 2005


Eduardo Paolozzi, 20th Century Image-Maker


Eduardo Paolozzi, The Silken World of Michelangelo from Moonstrips Empire News, screenprint, 1967

If a visual artist created more concentrated, exhilarating images of science, technology and the media realm during the mid-20th century than British artist Eduardo Paolozzi, then I would like to see them. Paolozzi, who died on 22 April aged 81, was first of all a sculptor, but the screenprints he produced in the 1960s rank as masterpieces of the medium. You could call them examples of Pop Art, but they come from a different conceptual and aesthetic universe to American Pop in the Warhol/Oldenburg/Ruscha mode. Where so much US Pop tended to pare down its subject matter so that the image emerged in high relief as an icon, Paolozzi was closer to the image-overload of James Rosenquist

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Wisconsin Death Trip: A Psychic History

Michael Lesy’s book Wisconsin Death Trip documented awful events in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, using a town photographer’s pictures. Years later, it remains a spellbinding piece of literary and photographic alchemy.

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Rick Poynor is a writer, critic, lecturer and curator, specialising in design, media, photography and visual culture. He founded Eye, co-founded Design Observer, and contributes columns to Eye and Print. His latest book is Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design.


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