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The jet age compendium: Paolozzi at Ambit

Brittain, David (2009) The jet age compendium: Paolozzi at Ambit. Four Corners Books. ISBN 0954502582

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From 1967, up until his death, Eduardo Paolozzi was involved with the innovative British literary magazine Ambit, using its pages as a space for some of his most experimental and innovative creations, pushing at the boundary between text and image. Collages, visual essays and fragments from novels, drawing on pop culture images from newspapers, magazines and advertisements. Reprinted in their entirety for the first time, Paolozzi’s works for Ambit tackle the war in Vietnam, the acceleration of Japanese technology, and the utopias of mass advertising. The Jet Age Compendium reproduces the Paolozzi pages from Ambit along with magazine covers, poems and advertisements that originally appeared alongside the artist’s work. The book is housed in a day-glo pink sleeve that also contains an essay written by David Brittain which puts Paolozzi’s work for the magazine into context.

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