This is a vintage poster that dates to 1975.
It is a work that relates to Neagu's influential Generative Arts Project.
In 1972 he founded the Generative Art Group, which consisted of five fictitious members, each representing different parts of his psyche.
This print by him is Generative Code 1976. New Freedom / Total Cosmic.
It has a large red "Generative Arts" round stamp on the work (as photographed) - and this is signed below in pencil by Paul Neagu.
It is being sold unframed - and is in excellent condition.
It is a large work and certainly a very dramatic image with all the text integrated into the image - you will certainly have hours of things to discover in this strange work.
I have four of these signed printed designs in total in my Iconic Edinburgh online shop. Each poster would be carefully rolled to post to you - and sent in a sturdy tube. These are not so easy to source - once these are gone... they are gone!
The pencil signature is a genuine signature by the artist.
The sheet measures 73 x 96 cm.
Will look fabulous all framed and on display - a great investment piece and decorative artwork for a modern industrial style interior.
HISTORY & BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:
Paul Neagu (1938 – 2004)
Paul Neagu was a Romanian artist who worked in a wide variety of media – he excelled at drawing, sculpture, performance art, and watercolour painting. He died in London, 2004
His influences included Cubism, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi, Joseph Beuys. His performances and sculptures influenced a generation of British artists. He taught at Hornsey, Slade, Chelsea, and Royal College schools of art, with his students including Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, and Rachel Whiteread.
Neagu was born in 1938 in Bucharest, On completing his baccalaureate in 1959 he trained as an electrician, based in the local power station. He later worked as a cartographer and topographer for the railway network and became involved in stage design.
He attended Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, where the syllabus prioritized figurative painting. He was more interested in sculpture, abstraction, and cosmological forces rather the socialist realism being promoted at the Institute. He was an avid reader of French art magazines which were forbidden to the student – and he was much drawn to the wonders of kinetic art.
After graduating in 1965 his paintings expanded into three dimensions, and Neagu made boxes he described as ‘strange mixed media objects’. These were counter to state-supported art, and he would hide these from official view.
In 1969 he had his first British solo exhibition at the Edinburgh Festival – where he became friends with the Scottish impresario, Richard Demarco – who would promote his work in Edinburgh for many years.
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 Art Museum, Philadelphia, USA, and the Tate Gallery, London (where there is a Paul Neagu display room).