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Paul Neagu 

(Romania 1938-2004 London)


Dialectic Man


hand-coloured lithograph 

signed and dated lower right 'P. NEAGU 1979' 

titled and numbered 7/45 with artist's stamp in red ‘Generative Arts Paul Neagu’  

76 x 56 cm. 


This is number 7 out of an edition of 45, another of which is in the collection of Tate Modern, London.


From Tate:


Paul Neagu was a British artist, born in Romania and living in England from 1970 onwards, who worked in diverse media such as drawing, sculpture, performance art and watercolour. His influences included Cubism, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brâncuși and Joseph Beuys.


His works can be found in public collections including, among others, the British Museum, London, le Fond départemental d'art contemporain, Seine Saint-Denis, Bobigny, France, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, the Musee Cantonal de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA, and Tate Modern, London. One of the works in Tate's collection, 36 Possibilities Realised Simultaneously, dating 1973-74, reflects a variety of styles, from oil paint, pencil, ink and gesso. This work captures an early phase of Neagu's first years in the UK, when, in order to experiment as much as possible outside what was expected of him in the new art context, he created a fictitious art group, Generative Art Group, composed of other four artists invented by Neagu.

One of his works, Going Tornado (1974), was used as an album cover for the Bruford album Gradually Going Tornado from 1980.


‘For Paul Neagu, art is an expression of 'desire in the face of the systems that attempt to inhibit it', as he writes, and desire involves 'the recovery' of what he calls, variously, the 'hyphen,' the 'abstract', the 'gamma', all of which involve the 'bodily', conveyed particularly through the 'figural essence of sculpting, paintings, drawings'. Neagu's works, whatever their medium, are certainly full of desire, as their visceral energy suggests.’ Donald Kuspit



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