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A State of Mind 'Tornado'

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (Neagu was based in Romania and the UK throughout his life. , made)

  • Date:

    1974-1996 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Neagu, Paul, born 1938 - died 2004 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red and grey chalks with black ink and oil on paper; black ballpoint pen; red ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.336-1999

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 34

Paul Neagu (born 1930, Romania; died 2004 UK) has been an important figure in European art since the 1970s. His work and teaching have been influential. He worked in variety of media including sculpture, installation, painting and performance. This drawing is one of a group of 93 given by the artist to the V&A in 1999. This group of drawings was selected by the artist (with the curator Gill Saunders) to trace the development - as far as is possible through works on paper - of Neagu's career. The development, metamorphosis and recurrence of motifs can be seen in different media and variant forms. The drawings record several of his 'signature' forms: the hyphen, the starhead, and his so-called 'subject generator'. There are also studies which relate to installations and performances, and to his concept of 'generative art', an idea which was fundamental to his creative practice. The drawings as a group demonstrate the fascinating interplay of ideas across different media and over the passage of nearly 30 years.

Physical description

Drawing, variously inscribed in black ballpoint pen and grey chalk with titles, dates, quotes, and other notes.

Place of Origin

Europe (Neagu was based in Romania and the UK throughout his life. , made)

Date

1974-1996 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Neagu, Paul, born 1938 - died 2004 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Red and grey chalks with black ink and oil on paper; black ballpoint pen; red ink

Marks and inscriptions

PAUL NEAGU
1) Signature; Handwriting; ink; Neagu, Paul

1974-1996
handwriting; ballpoint pen; Neagu, Paul

Name, address, telephone number and 'hyphen' logo of the Generative Art Trust
Stamped; Ink

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm, Width: 30 cm

Descriptive line

Paul Neagu: Drawing related to his 'Going Tornado' performances of 1974-76

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gradually Going Tornado. Paul Neagu and his Generative Art Group. Sunderland Arts Centre, Ceolfrith Press, 1975

Production Note

Attribution note: Drawing relating to Neagu's 'Going Tornado' performances of 1974-76.

Materials

Chalk; Ink; Oil paint; Paper; Pen; Coloured

Techniques

Drawn

Categories

Drawings; Performance art; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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