AboutIn 1954 artists Nigel Henderson and Eduardo Paolozzi formed a creative partnership under the company name of Hammer Prints Limited. Over the course of the next seven years, the two artists established a commercial venture, collaboratively designing patterns and working with industry specialists to produce wallpapers, fabrics, ceramic tiles, furniture and tableware using their designs.
This new book is published by firstsite on the occasion of the exhibition Nigel Henderson & Eduardo Paolozzi: Hammer Prints Limited (8 December 2012 3 March 2013). Based on original research, the exhibition charts the history of Hammer Prints within the context of their broader artistic output and other collaborations such as the exhibitions, Parallel of Life and Art (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1953) and This is Tomorrow (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1956).
The publication documents original exhibition research, features contributions from leading experts including firstsite curator Michelle Cotton, Eduardo Paolozzi's biographer Robin Spencer, design historian Lesley Jackson, and includes full colour reproductions of the Hammer designs and artwork alongside hitherto unseen working material.
The book launch will take place Saturday 8 June from 6 - 8pm at the ICA Studio, London.
ICA Studio, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Charing Cross
Hosted by ICA London, in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Independent Group: Parallel of Art & Life.
The launch follows a conversation led by Victoria Walsh entitled London Festival of Architecture: Architecture and the Independent Group at 4pm, and will be followed by a screening of Fathers of Pop and a series of shorts by Eduardo Paolozzi and collaborators William Turnbull and Allan Forbes at 7pm. Please see www.ica.org.uk for more information.
Nigel Henderson & Eduardo Paolozzi: Hammer Prints 195475 is available from firstsite at a special launch price of £25.95 until 8 June and £29.95 thereafter. Orders can also be made through Cornerhouse Books (RRP £29.95). See www.cornerhouse.org/books for further details.