Great Britain 1924 – 2005
You can't beat the real thing
Collection Title: Bunk!
Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: prints, Stencil colour photo-screenprint from six screens Support: Medium weight white cartridge paper mounted onto black Cartridge cardboard
Manufacturer's Mark: none.
Edition: standard edition of 100 sets; five of which are signed. Special edition of 50 sets all signed and numbered.
Publisher: Snail Chemicals (publishing)
Place Published: London
Date Published: 1972
Eduardo Paolozzi, one of the artists at the forefront of English Pop art in the 1960s, cannibalised photographic imagery that he had collected over a 20-year period from a variety of popular ‘low-art’ sources such as magazines, films, posters, advertisements and sci-fi comics. These images were used to produce his famous 45-piece work Bunk 1972. Given its title, Paolozzi was clearly conscious of its contemporary, historical significance. Bunk humorously and ironically documents post-World War II society’s new obsessions: with consumerism; with the scientific exploration of space; with a new kind of celebrity based on television; and the emerging cultural domination of America.
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