Sir Eduardo PaolozziI was a Rich Man's Plaything 1947

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Artist
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924‑2005)
Title
I was a Rich Man's Plaything
Date 1947
MediumPrinted papers on card
Dimensionssupport: 359 x 238 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1971
Reference
T01462
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These collages are mainly made from magazines given to Paolozzi by American ex-servicemen. They show his fascination with popular culture and technology, as well as with the glamour of American consumerism. The title of the series refers to Henry Ford''s famous statement that ''History is more or less bunk.... We want to live in the present''. It reflects Paolozzi''s belief that his work should respond to contemporary culture.

August 2004

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