March 8, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9781138054257 - CAT# Y331090
Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies
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This book sheds new light on the creative processes behind the work of Eduardo Paolozzi and Philip Guston. In examining the artists’ processes as play, the volume demonstrates how an artist’s work lies beyond defined art movements. Elly Thomas explores the lasting impact of childhood play, drawing comparisons between the cultural landscapes of Paolozzi’s and Guston’s individual childhoods and the work they create during artistic maturity. This book uses a range of play theories to provide a new perspective on these artists’ work and explores the artists’ recurrent fascination with animism to suggest a direct relationship with their shared engagement with popular culture.
Contents; Chapter 1: Introduction: Ageing Play; Chapter 2: Kits and Building Blocks; Chapter 3: Creative Battles; Chapter 4: Eduardo Paolozzi’s Playgrounds: Contradictions in Art and Play; Chapter 5: Shuffle/Spin/Stack: Emergent Narrative; Chapter 6: Absurd Processes; Concluding Remarks