Collage
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2006

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Collage 1953
  • Scottish Art
Collage was of crucial importance throughout Paolozzi’s work - many of his sculptures and prints were made in a collage fashion, built up from different imprints or layers of objects and images. This collage is composed of fragments of screenprints, as well as tickets and scraps of magazines and drawings. Collage is a supremely twentieth-century medium, mirroring the way we flick through articles and advertisements in magazines, or the way we switch between television channels. The art-historic pedigree of collages composed from everyday materials goes back to the German Dada artist Kurt Schwitters who made a similar use of collage from the late 1910s on.

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Collage

An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

Dada

A radical artistic and literary movement that was a reaction against the cultural climate that supported the First World War. The Dadaists took an anti-establishment attitude, questioning art's status and favouring performance and collage over traditional art techniques. Many Dadaists went on to become involved with Surrealism.

Medium/ media

The material from which an artwork is made, e.g. oil paint, bronze, paper. 'Medium' is also used for the liquid element of paint in which a colouring agent is carried. 'Mixed media' is used when an artist combines several different materials in an artwork.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Collage, Dada, Medium/ media, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4026
  • Medium Collage with silkscreen and watercolour, ink and gouache on paper
  • Size 53.50 x 69.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995