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Pop art pioneer's work on show.

AN exhibition displaying the work of a pioneer of the pop art movement is coming to the North East at the end of January.

The exhibition, which is set to feature a series of screenprints and photolithographs by 20th century artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, will open at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery on Saturday, January 31.

Born in Scotland in 1924 but born of Italian parents, Paolozzi was a compulsive collector who is equally respected for his wacky mechanistic structures and his kaleidoscopic print projects.

The series of 50 screenprints and photolithographs which will be on display were all created between 1965 and 1970.

A major figure in the international art sphere, Paolozzi's work features familiar faces and brands in unusual settings, with titles such as Totems and Taboos of the Nineto-Five Day, Twenty Traumatic Twinges and Cary Grant as a Male War bride.

Paolozzi's friend JG Ballard, whom often collaborated with him, said the series was "a unique guidebook to the electric garden of our minds".

Meanwhile Paolozzi himself, who died in 2005 at the age of 81, described himself as a 'wizard in Toytown', transforming mundane, derelict and mass-produced items into quirky and complex graphic images which are unstructured, meaning they can be viewed in any order.

The exhibition of his work, called General Dynamic Fun, is on tour from the Southbank Centre in London.

It will run at the DLI Museum and Art Gallery in Durham from Saturday, January 31, to Friday, April 10.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 14, 2015
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