4. The Ultimate Planet (from 'Bunk')

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While in the late-1940s austerity measures persisted in Britain, American commodities and advertising, by contrast, reflected the USA’s economic and cultural dominance. They also reflected America’s popular imagination inspired by the emerging jet and space age. Eduardo Paolozzi explored this when, to compile his Surrealist-inspired collages, he acquired magazines from ex-US servicemen in Paris as well as from shops in the East End of London. He made these collages between 1947 and 1952. In 1952 he showed them in a slideshow for fellow members of the Independent Group, an inter-disciplinary group of artists, architects, writers and critics who later, as rationing ended, defined everyday visual culture as ‘Pop’ – ‘expendable’, ‘mass-produced’, 'young', and ‘sexy’.

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4. The Ultimate Planet (from 'Bunk')





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