The Metallization of a Dream, works by Eduardo Paolozzi

Description

Eduardo Paolozzi was a Scottish artist who worked in sculpture, collage and print. Works such as the 1947 collage, I was a Rich Man’s Plaything, associate him with Pop Art.

The Metallization of a Dream, a compilation of Paolozzi’s early work with monochrome and colour reproductions, was published in 1963. With Paolozzi’s assistance it was produced by RCA student John Munday, with commentary by curator and critic Lawrence Alloway.

Paolozzi and J G Ballard

In 1956 J G Ballard first encountered Paolozzi’s artwork at the influential Whitechapel Gallery exhibition, This is Tomorrow. Although their friendship developed in the 1960s, the 1950s saw both writer and artist experimenting with collage. Notably, Ballard produced the four text collages later titled Project for a New Novel. Later, their interest in the technique took on a collaborative nature: Paolozzi would send Ballard scraps of text and images he had cut from magazines. Collage was a defining technique of Surrealism, a movement that had inspired both men.

Indeed, the early work of Ballard and Paolozzi shares many of the same themes and interests. As seen in the reproductions here, Paolozzi’s early work combined images of modern machinery with the human form. This phase of work strongly resonates with Crash, Ballard’s 1973 novel exploring man, machine and sex.

Full title:
Eduardo Paolozzi. The Metallization of a Dream. [Reproductions.] With a commentary by Lawrence Alloway. (Compiled, with the assistance of the sculptor, by John Munday.)
Published:
1963, London
Publisher:  
Lion & Unicorn Press
Format:
Book / Photograph / Artwork / Image
Language:
English
Creator:
Eduardo Paolozzi, John Munday, Lawrence Alloway
Usage terms

© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2016. Except as otherwise permitted by your national copyright laws this material may not be copied or distributed further.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Cup.510.beg.8.

Full catalogue details

Related articles

J G Ballard and modern art

Article by:
Roger Luckhurst
Themes:
Art, music and popular culture, Visions of the future

Roger Luckhurst describes the influence of modern art, especially Surrealism and Pop Art, on J G Ballard and, in turn, Ballard's influence on visual artists.

An introduction to Crash

Article by:
Roger Luckhurst
Themes:
Literature 1950–2000, Visions of the future

The subject and style of Crash has shocked and disturbed readers since its publication. Roger Luckhurst describes the writing and reception of J G Ballard's controversial novel.

An introduction to High-Rise

Article by:
Roger Luckhurst
Themes:
Literature 1950–2000, Visions of the future

Roger Luckhurst introduces High-Rise, J G Ballard's novel about the disintegrating social fabric inside a luxury high-rise apartment block.

Related collection items

Related people

Related works

Crash

Created by: J G Ballard

Crash is a novel by the British writer J G Ballard, published in 1973. Three years earlier, Ballard had staged a ...

High-Rise

Created by: J G Ballard

High-Rise is the final book in a quartet of novels by J G Ballard, each of which is seeded in the previous one. ...