HISTORY OF NOTHING
Modernity

Eduardo Paolozzi
12 min
UK 1963

The first in a series of films by the British sculptor, History of Nothing uses some of Paolozzi’s collages and screen printed work for which he came to be identified with British Pop art. Living in Paris during the 1940’s Paolozzi began combining elements from pulp fiction, scientific illustrations, and advertisements in American magazines. Later in London he founded a short-lived company for producing textiles, wallpaper and tiles decorated with images.

Eduardo Paolozzi
(1924–05)

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi was born in Scotland in 1924. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, completed National Service, then studied at St Martins School of Art and Slade School of Art, London. He moved to Paris, then taught textile design at the Central School of Art, London. Eduardo Paolozzi was born in Scotland of Italian parents. Having graduated from St Martin's School of Art and the Slade School, he worked in Paris in the late 40s. From 1951 back in the UK he undertook many public art commissions in Britain and abroad, including the large sculpture of Newton after Blake for the new British Library. A founder member of The Independent Group 1952, his slide projections of found imagery Bunk could be described as the source book of Pop art. This magpie collection also found a natural outlet in animated films, of which Paolozzi made three with different collaborators between 1963-65.

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Eduardo Paolozzi History of Nothing 1963 © courtesy of the artist / British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection


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