Eduardo PAOLOZZI, You can't beat the real thing Enlarge 1 /1


Great Britain 1924 – 2005

You can't beat the real thing (1972)
Collection Title: Bunk!
Page: 32
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.
Impression: 8/100
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

Edition Notes: printed at Advanced Graphics by Christopher Betambeau from six stencils.Each set contains 45 prints and comes in a buckram covered box file with a folder containing a colophon, contents page and text.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Dimensions: comp 33.2 h x 23.0 w cm sheet 34.6 h x 25.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 80.2139.33
Image rights: © Eduardo Paolozzi. Licensed by Viscopy

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.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra