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Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, 1924–2005
Published by Editions Alecto Ltd.

Wittgenstein in New York

Part Of:

Collective Title: As Is When

Materials & Techniques:
Screen print on H.P. J. Green 133 lbs. white wove paper
Sheet: 38 × 26 inches (96.5 × 66 cm), Image: 30 × 21 1/4 inches (76.2 × 54 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, lower left: "36/65"

Blind embossed chop mark: "ea"

"I went to New York | to meet Wittgenstein | at the ship. When I fitst saw him I was | surprised at his | apparent physical | vigour. He was | striding down the | ramp with a pack | on his back, a | heavy suitcse in one | hand, cmae in the | other." | "AUGUST 1964"

Signed and dated in graphite, lower right: "Eduardo Paolozzi 1965"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Under Copyright
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
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IIIF Manifest:

Eduardo Paolozzi experienced a deep sense of personal identification with the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, whose exile from his native Vienna and cultural isolation mirrored Paolozzi’s feeling that he, a child of Italian parents raised in Scotland, was also an outsider. Paolozzi commented, “I wanted to identify myself with Wittgenstein through the prints, and make a kind of combined autobiography.” Paolozzi, who was fascinated with American popular and consumer culture from his childhood, made his first trip to America in 1958 and spent extended periods there during the 1960s. But he became disillusioned with the American dream in the era of the Vietnam War and cut short his tenure as a visiting professor of sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968. Wittgenstein in New York relates to the philosopher’s visit in 1939 and contains elements of the apocalyptical imagery that the artist developed in other work of the period.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

James Stirling (Yale Center for British Art, 2010-10-14 - 2011-01-02) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Just what was it that made British Pop so different, so appealing? (Yale Center for British Art, 2004-01-26 - 2004-05-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Pop Art : US / UK Connections 1956-66 (The Menil Collection, 2001-01-26 - 2001-05-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

20th Century Works on Paper (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-01-27 - 2000-04-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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