The Metallization of a Dream, works by Eduardo Paolozzi


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.

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Eduardo Paolozzi. The Metallization of a Dream. [Reproductions.] With a commentary by Lawrence Alloway. (Compiled, with the assistance of the sculptor, by John Munday.)
1963, London
Lion & Unicorn Press
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Eduardo Paolozzi, John Munday, Lawrence Alloway
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