Work in Progress
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2015

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Work in Progress 1962

On Display Modern One

  • Scottish Art
Work in Progress’ is an exercise in the techniques of collage and montage. Kitaj and Paolozzi collaborated as formal ‘editors’ of found or selected real-life objects and images that were put together in a new context. This work combines tin can covers, photographs, parts of toys and an old, hand-written transcription of the story ‘The Road to Broody’ by Isaac Babel. The large central panel and small photographic panel on the top right are by Kitaj. The smaller surrounding panels, made from tin, are by Paolozzi. The panels are arranged in a made-to-measure frame, created in the style of an altarpiece with wings and a predella. The collision between the religious and consumerist imagery was intended to provoke thought as much as outcry.

Glossary Open


An artwork behind a church altar featuring religious scenes or imagery which was usually the focus for the celebration of the Mass.


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.


Forming one artwork by combining other works or pieces of them.


Horizontal band below the main panels of altarpiece, decorated with small scenes that relate to those above.

Altarpiece, Collage, Montage, Predella


  • Acc. No. GMA 4069
  • Medium Paper and tin collage in painted wooden frame
  • Size 85.30 x 100.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995