The BUNK presentation was a key moment in the development of British Art, especially as a formative influence on the emergence of what we now know as Pop art. On delving back into his archive when selecting work for his 1971 Tate retrospective Paolozzi realised how pioneering his BUNK collages were and the decision to create a portfolio of facsimiles of a group of 46 of these collages was no doubt intended to reassert he position he felt he deserved as the father of pop art for a new generation.
Paolozzi took 46 of his collages to Chris Betambeau at Advanced Graphics who agreed to produce a set of exact facsimiles in an edition of 150. The original elements of the collages were reprinted using lithography and or screenprinting, several were then hand-torn, creased and glued onto backing sheets or had collage elements pasted on top to produce an almost identical appearance to the originals. Thus in this print series Paolozzi had added yet another dimension to his exploration of originality and mass production, ‘a curious type of pun’. After their publication the V & A organised a touring exhibition of these prints in 1973 entitled ‘Bunk. A box-file of images in print’.
These 1972 BUNK prints are now in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery, V & A, Art Institute Chicago, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra among others. Prices range from £75 to £650 and we have just one of each.