Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Varga-Billboard-Girl 1971

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Artwork details

Artist
Title
Varga-Billboard-Girl
Date 1971
Medium Ink, gouache and photograph on board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 406 x 540 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1971
Reference
T01475
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Eduardo Paolozzi 1924-2005

T01475 Varga-Billboard-Girl 1971

Not inscribed.
Ink and gouache on photograph, 161/16 x 19¿ (41 x 50.5), mounted on card 161/16 x 21¼ (41 x 54). Presented by the artist 1971.
Exh: Tate Gallery, September–October 1971 (19).

The original artwork for the right-hand image in Print E [P03055] of Paolozzi’s suite of etchings ‘Cloud Atomic Laboratory’ 1971. The entry on this image in the text- sheet published with the suite reads: ‘VARGA—BILLBOARD—GIRL. (Winter Garden—Zanzibar). A 125-foot Varga displays her giant charms from a billboard in Times Square.’ The artist told the compiler (conversation, 7 June 1972) that the source of the image in T01475 was a now-defunct American magazine, Portfolio.

The catalogue entry on ‘Cloud Atomic Laboratory’ (P03051P03058) outlines the stages by which the final images in that suite of etchings were derived from the original magazine and newspaper images. T01475 and T01476 are the final retouched states of two of these images before reproduction by photo-etching. The retouching was done by a Mr Barker.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.

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