9 June 2006
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005)
signed 'Paolozzi/Eduardo' (lower left) and signed again, dated and dedicated 'For Enzo 1981/Eduardo Paolozzi' (on the reverse)
wood and resin
49½ x 61½ in. (125.7 x 156.2 cm.)
Given by the artist to the present owner.
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Eduardo Paolozzi: Working with Architects, Pidgeon Audio Visual, 1982 (cassette recording).
W. Konnertz, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cologne, 1984, p. 257, illustrated. R. Spencer, Eduardo Paolozzi, Oxford, 2000, p. 307, illustrated.
Paolozzi's reliefs and related works are part of London's restaurant history. The first reliefs were commissioned in the mid-1970s and among his clients have been Lanhams, the Caprice, the Ivy, Pizza Express and Neal Street restaurants. This relief was made at the Royal College of Art in the summer of 1981 for the restauranteur, artist and designer Enzo Apicella for his new restaurant Pizza Condotti on Mill Street in London. The materials for the relief were sourced by Paolozzi's assistant and model maker Ray Watson. The imagery of the relief also appears in prints from this period, a point Paolozzi underlined in the interview he gave in 1982; as well as in the mosaic decorations he was then designing for Tottenham Court Road underground station.
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