Collection+ Jess Johnson / Eduardo Paolozzi

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Presented as part of MPRG’s Spring Festival of Drawing 2021
Curated by MPRG Artistic Director / Senior Curator Danny Lacy
4 September to 21 November                 

An ambitious new series Collection+ will pair newly commissioned work by leading artists represented in the MPRG Collection alongside select institutional loans.

The first exhibition in this series features new work by trailblazing artist Jess Johnson with one of the pioneers of the pop art movement Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

Johnson was the winner of MPRG’s National Works on Paper Prize in 2014. Her energetic and diverse drawing practice has established her as one of the most captivating artists working today. Pairing Johnson’s work with Sir Eduardo Paolozzi draws attention to the dizzying structural elements underlying their work; form, pattern, repetition and colour and creates a dialogue between artists of different generations whose work share a unique visual logic.

Jess Johnson, Mysteria Mystica Maxima, 2014 (detail), pen, fibre-tipped markers, metallic paint on paper, artist frame. Winner of the 2014 National Works on Paper Acquisitive Award, funds provided by Beleura House and Garden.