Paul Neagu


Paul Neagu, ‘Palpable Object (Mosaic)’ 1970
Palpable Object (Mosaic) 1970
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Paul Neagu (1938, Bucharest – 2004, London) was a British-Romanian artist who worked in diverse media such as drawing, sculpture, performance art and watercolor. He died in London on 16 June 2004.

His influences include cubism and Marcel Duchamp.

His works can be found in public collections including, among others, the British Museum, London, le Fond départemental d'art contemporain, Seine Saint-Denis, Bobigny, France, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, the Musee Cantonal de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, the Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, USA, and the Tate Gallery, London.

"For Paul Neagu, art is an expression of 'desire in the face of the systems that attempt to inhibit it', as he writes, and desire involves 'the recovery' of what he calls, variously, the 'hyphen,' the 'abstract', the 'gamma', all of which involve the 'bodily', conveyed particularly through the 'figural essence of sculpting, paintings, drawings'. Neagu's works, whatever their medium, are certainly full of desire, as their visceral energy suggests." Donald Kuspit

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