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As a consequence of the prolonged strike by the Royal Mail postal workers in the United Kingdom, Eduardo Paolozzi along with a group of top British Pop artists of the era including David Hockney, Allen Jones, Derek Boshier, Christopher Logue and Richard Hamilton, published ''Culture Carriers Stamp Out Art''to raise funds for the striking workers. The "stamps" were published in a limited edition of only 250 each (some artists, like Paolozzi and Allen Jones created more than one design), with Paolozzi signing each by hand in blue ink with his initials on the lower right. The stamp itself measures 3.25 by 2.75 inches, and it is affixed to a franked (postmarked) envelope which measures 6 inches by 9 inches, bearing the stamped text "Culture Carriers 23 Feb 1971" on the top left, and the stamp "CULTURE CARRIERS STAMP OUT ART" on the lower left (front). and the stamp "STRIKE ISSUE" lower right front of the envelope. Very desirable as an ensemble. these were known as The Post Office Worker's Strike Commemoration Stamps. This particular piece has superb and interesting provenance, as it came from the private collection of the American art critic Anthony Haden-Guest. As additional provenance, we will furnish the buyer with a xerox copy of the receipt from Flair Magazine, and a list of buyers of the stamps -- as Haden-Guest was apparently tasked with collecting funds from collectors for their purchased works through Flair magazine.
This will look terrific when framed. An unusual and memorable gift for any Paolozzi fan - and a great piece of art historical ephemera. Own a piece of 1970s British Pop (and Royal Mail) - history!
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Signature: Signed in ink by Eduardo Paolozzi on the lower right of the lithographic stamp, affixed to the envelope. The artwork consists not just of the signed, limited edition Hockney postage "stamp", but also the franked envelope, which it is affixed to, with the stamps as described above. The entire mixed media piece is far more desirable than the stamp alone.
From the private collection of art critic Anthony Haden-Guest, who was tasked with selling some of these to collectors on behalf of Flair magazine
Fascinated by modern machines and technology, Eduardo Paolozzi produced graphic art, collages, pottery, films, mosaics, and sculptures inspired by industrial engineering. His early bronze sculptures of anguished human figures incorporated impressions made by machines as well as found objects, synthesizing them to evoke new associations. This later developed into a new process of piecing together works from prefabricated aluminum and brass casting molds; the resulting geometric human forms have often been described as “totems for the technological age.” Crucially, Paolozzi came to embrace technology rather than perceiving it as a demon to be feared, and wrote and lectured extensively on how popular culture and science should inform sculpture. He is often cited as an important exponent of Surrealism in Great Britain, as well as an influence on Pop Art.
Scottish, 1924-2005, Leith, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom