Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Calcium Night Light


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924–2005
Screenprint on paper
Image: 676 × 561 mm
Presented anonymously through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1980

Catalogue entry

P01997 [from] CALCIUM LIGHT NIGHT 1974–6 [P01992-P01999; P07621; complete]
Four inscribed ‘Eduardo Paolozzi 1974’ bottom right, four inscribed ‘1975’.
Eight screenprints, printed at Advanced Graphics and published by the artist in an edition of 200, (the 9th print of this set was purchased later in 1982: P 07621), in range 27 1/2 × 20 1/8 – 31 1/8× 20 1/8 (69.7 × 51 –78.8 × 51.1)
Presented anonymously through the Friends of the Tate 1980
Lit: op.cit., nos.177–185

The nine prints of the complete set are individually titled: ‘Allegro Moderato Fireman's Parade’ 1974, ‘Central Park in the Dark Some 40 Years Ago’ 1974, ‘The Children's Hour’ 1974, ‘Largo to Presto’ 1974, ‘Aeschylus and Socrates’ 1975, ‘Calcium Light Night’ 1975, ‘Four German Songs’ 1975, ‘From Early Italian Poets’ 1975 and ‘Nettleton’ 1976. This set contains references to the life and works of Charles Ives. It was begun while Paolozzi was in Berlin in 1974 and printed at Advanced Graphics between 1974 and 1976. It was to have been published by Propyläen Verlag, Berlin, but Paolozzi took over the whole edition and published it himself. Paolozzi made imagery related to music and musical notation in this and other works of the mid 1970s. He used a vocabulary of shapes and patterns developed from earlier screenprints through wooden reliefs (especially the ceiling panels for Cleish Castle in Scotland, completed in 1975) and back to prints again in screenprints, woodcuts and etchings.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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