Monday, 15 April 2019

Eduardo Paolozzi – part 4

Eduardo Paolozzi and Freda Elliot with Eduardo's mother on their wedding day

Of Italian descent, Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was born in Leith near Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied in Edinburgh and London and spent two years in Paris from 1947, where he produced enigmatic, bronze sculptures reminiscent of those by Giacometti. During the same period he made a series of dada and surrealist-inspired collages in which magazine advertisements, cartoons and machine parts are combined, thus anticipating the concerns of Pop Art. Alongside teaching at various art schools he developed his printmaking and sculpture. Paolozzi was particularly interested in the mass media and in science and technology.

For full biographical notes see part 1. For earlier works, see parts 1 -3 also.

This is part 4 of a 7-part series on the works of Eduardo Paolozzi:


1970 The Conditional Probability Machine
A Portfolio of 25 etchings, printed and published by Editions Alecto, London.
This portfolio was the first for which Paolozzi used photogravure. The source material, drawn from his own stocks of magazines and science journals, was photographed and transferred to etching plates. The set is divided into four sections of six prints each: ‘Secrets of Life - The Human Machine and How it Works’, ‘Manikins for Destruction’, ‘Pages from the Aerospace Medical Library’, and ‘From Genot to Unimate’. The first section (titled from a book Paolozzi was given in Paris in 1948) deals with the human body and methods of explaining its functions. ‘Manikins for Destruction’ deals with traffic accident simulations, and ‘Pages from the Aerospace Medical Library’ with aerospace experiments. The last section presents robots, real or as toys and humanoid or purely mechanical.


The Conditional Probability Machine.
58 x 39.5 cm

Conception Through Impression
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 19.2 x 30.5 cm ( plate )
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Untitled ( Broken Open Dummy Skeleton )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 19.5 x 14.4 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Bird
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching  20.2 x 13.8 cm (plate )
Tate, London

Hazardous Journey
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 13.3 x 14.2 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Reproduction
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 10.1 x 13.8 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

The Moment of Conception
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 20 x 28.4 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Inside the Brain
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 20.6 x 14 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( M.I.R.A. pair )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 32.4 x 20 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( Monkey No.9 )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
 etching 13.1 x 19.4 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( U 14322 )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 14.8 x 18.9 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( School Bus )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 25.5 x 17.4 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

12 Untitled ( VW Dummy )
fromThe Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 20.8 x 15.8 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( Baboon on Sled )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 15.3 x 14.3 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Electrodes, Etc. Arm Support, Etc.
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 29.2 x 12.1 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Geometry Relations in Electron Irradiation of a Mouse
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 37.6 x 15.7 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( Decompression Pair )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 13.2 x 20.7 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( Tape Dummy )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 11.3 x 12.1 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Carpenter
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 19.8 x 12.6 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Sim One
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 16.2 x 19.4 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Genot
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 15 x 17.1 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( Walking Machine )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 22.7 x 18.9 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( Parade Robot )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 15.2 x 14.2 cm
Tate, London

Untitled ( Unimate and Egg )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 23.4 x 19.1 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Untitled ( Robot Commando and Boy )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 7.7 x 6.7 cm ( plate )
Tate, London

Cancelled proof for Untitled ( Walking Machine )
from The Conditional Probability Machine.
etching 22.6 x 18.9 cm ( plate )
Tate, London


1971 Cloud Atomic Laboratory:



1971 A. Top: Garco Robot Nailing a Wooden Box.
Bottom: Little Boy on his Bed in his Room.
etching on paper 35.3 x 24.5 cm
Tate, London

1971 B. Left: Skull of Test Dummy.
Right: Proton-Synchron Electrophysical Laboratory: Vacuum Pumps to the Electromagnet.
etching on paper 26.9 x 52.7 cm
Tate, London

1971 C. Left: Le Robot ‘Robert’ Voulait Aller à New York Mais le Passager est Trop Lourd: TWA Plane - Steps - Cap 14 Persons with Two Stewardesses.
Right: Wonder Toy, Robert the Robot
etching on paper 24.5 x 35.5 cm
Tate, London

1971 C. Wonder Toy: Robert the Robot
ink and gouache on photograph 38 x 30.5 cm
The original artwork for the right-hand image in Print C.
 Tate, London

1971 D. Top: Culture: Monkeys May be the Next Space Travellers on US Made Satellites.
Bottom: X-15’s Maiden Flight.
etching on paper 38.6 x 19 cm
Tate, London

1971 E. Left: Pubic Torso on Lorry in Manhattan Street for ‘Bonds Clothes for Men’.
Right: Varga - Billboard - Girl.
etching on paper 22.7 x 48 cm
Tate, London

1971 F. Top: Chimpanzee in a Test Box Designed for Space Flight.
Bottom: Mobot Mark I.
 etching on paper 35.5 x 24.3 cm
Tate, London

1971 G. Space Age Archaeology.
Left: Fathers.
Right: Sons
etching on paper 24.4 x 42.2 cm
Tate, London


1971 H. Left: Television Series ‘Lost in Space’: Robot as in ‘Forbidden Planet.’
Right: Soviet Dog and Man Exit from Space Chamber
etching on paper 27 x 38.1 cm
Tate, London

1972 Bunk:


1972 1. Evadne in Green Dimension
screenprint and lithograph on paper 30.1 x 21.3 cm
Tate, London

1972 2. Will Man Outgrow the Earth ?
screenprint and lithograph on paper 32.1 x 24.2 cm
Tate, London

1972 3. Fun Helped Them Fight
screenprint and lithograph on paper 37.1 x 25.8 cm
Tate, London

1972 4. The Ultimate Planet
screenprint and lithograph on paper 25.3 x 38.4 cm
Tate, London

1972 5. See Mom? A Baby’s Life is not all Sunshine
screenprint and lithograph on paper 38.9 x 28.3 cm
Tate, London

1972 6. Sack-O-Sauce
screenprint and lithograph on paper 36.2 x 26.7 cm
Tate, London

1972 7. Take-off
screenprint and lithograph on paper 33.7 x 24.2 cm
Tate, London

1972 8a. Hazards include Dust, Hailstones and Bullets.
8b. Survival
screenprint and lithograph on paper 26.1 x 40.8 cm
Tate, London

1972 9. Was this Metal Monster Master or Slave?
screenprint on paper 36.1 x 24.3 cm
Tate, London

1972 10. Meet the People
screenprint and lithograph on paper 34.7 x 26.1 cm
Tate, London

1972 11. Improved Beans
screenprint and lithograph on paper 26.4 x 37.3 cm
Tate, London

1972 12. Refreshing and Delicious
screenprint and lithograph on paper 37.8 x 28.1 cm
Tate, London

1972 13. You’ll Soon be Congratulating Yourself!
screenprint and lithograph on paper 35.3 x 25.9 cm
Tate, London

1972 14. Goering with Wings
screenprint and lithograph on paper 33.7 x 26.3 cm
Tate, London

1972 15. Real Gold
screenprint and collage on paper 31.9 x 24.3 cm
Tate, London

1972 16. Fantastic Weapons Contrived
screenprint and lithograph on paper 34.7 x 25.9 cm
Tate, London

1972 17. Has Jazz a Future?
screenprint and lithograph on paper 26.2 x 38.5 cm
Tate, London

1972 18. Vogue Gorilla with Miss Harper
screenprint and lithograph on paper 31.5 x 23.9 cm
Tate, London

1972 19. Electric Arms and Hands also Showing Love is Better than Ever
screenprint and lithograph on paper 33.3 x 23.2 cm
Tate, London

1972 20. It’s Daring it’s Audacious
screenprint and lithograph on paper 32 x 24.5 cm
Tate, London

1972 21a. North Dakota’s Lone Sky Scraper
screenprint and lithograph on paper 40.6 x 28.1 cm
Tate, London


Note: "Bunk" series continues in part 5.

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