Hollow Gods runs from October 17-December 13 and focuses on sculptures, collages and drawings from the first 15 years of his career. Organised in collaboration with the Paolozzi Foundation, the exhibition is curated by Dr Judith Collins, formerly of the Tate and author of the artist’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of sculptures.
It is the first in a series of shows planned around the artist at the St James’s gallery.
“In the past the gallery has championed Paolozzi’s pioneering early work and in the coming years we hope to continue to contribute to existing scholarship through a series of exhibitions spanning his career,” said director James Holland-Hibbert.
The artist, who is regarded as the father of British pop art, started exhibiting while still a student, holding a solo exhibition at the Mayor Gallery in 1947. His post-war bronzes depict ‘modern man as a lumbering, battered being’. Along with the 18 sculptures in the show there will be 15 works on paper and three plaster reliefs.