CRITICAL REVIEW


        In 1968, he launched the Palpable Art Manifesto, greeted with enthusiasm in the eager of renewal cultural sphere from Bucharest and in 1969 he was part of the avant-garde group that represented Romania in Hamburg and in England. Established in the UK, he would continuously be part of the most avant-garde circles. His investigations materialized in a series dedicated to the interference between human and cosmic (Anthropocosmos). He would resume the human model, interpreted as a complex architecture, whose cellular structure communicates with the most profound laws that govern cosmic matter. Around this period dates his first performance, realized simultaneously in London and in Bucharest and which consisted of the ingestion of a gingerbread figure following the model of the Anthropocosmic series figures. Simultaneously, the artist became concerned with the object that gradually gained the status of a sign, in 1975 elaborating the first structures of the "Hyphen" series. Conceived as an instrument of union-separation between the levels of reality, the Hyphen is essentially an abbreviated triangular shape, engaging through several elements, which penetrate space, also through the central void - a complex spatial situation. The culmination of this series is represented by the 9 Atalithic Stations which, starting from the Hyphen process, realizes a system of 9 signs with the same function - an instrument of spatial reading. A more recent series is Unnamed, composed of small metal spheres that propose the mystery of an inaccessible space. The spheres are grouped in geometric or figurative instalments.
Concurrently with these experiences, the artist elaborated an ample series of visual hermeneutics, drawings, reading maps of the civilization methodologies.
 
Constantin Prut (2014)
Dicționar de artă modernă și contemporană, upcoming, Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 2015
 


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    BIOGRAPHY

    (Bucharest, 1938 - London, 2004; 1970 - manages to leave Romania, travels to France and Scotland and settles down in London)
     
    Academic Studies:
    1956 - 1959 - Admission exams for several faculties, among which Philology, Engineering, Physical Education, Philosophy.
    1960 - 1965 - "Nicolae Grigorescu" Fine Arts Institute, Painting Department, with Professor Octavian Angheluta, Bucharest, Romania (Diploma work: Târgul de pe muntele Găina / Gaina Mountain Fair).
     
    Professional Activity:
    since 1973 - Associated Lecturer, Hornsey College of Art, Middlesex University, London, Great Britain;
    1975 - 1976 - Royal College of Art, London, Great Britain;
    1982 - Concordia University, Montréal; Slade College, London, Great Britain;
    1984 - 1985 - Part time lecturer, Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, Great Britain.
     
    Galleries:
    1971 - Associated with the "Sigi Krauss" Gallery, London, Great Britain.
     
    Grants:
    1980 - Research grant to work in Durham and Newcastle Universities, received from UK Arts Council.
     
    1972 - Founder member of the fictional group Generative Art Group (GAG): Philip Honeysuckle, Husney Belmood, Anton Paidola, Edward Larsocchi, Paul Neagu.
     


    PROJECTS

    Solo Exhibitions*:
    1969 - "Amfora" Gallery, Bucharest, Romania;
    1972 - "Rivolta" Gallery (Galerie Rivolta), Lausanne, Switzerland;
    1975 - Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, United Kingdom;
             - Arts Centre, Sunderland, United Kingdom;
    1976 - "Polytechnic" Gallery, Leeds, United Kingdom;
    1978 - Hyphens Exhibition, "Polytechnic" Gallery, Newcastle, United Kingdom;
    1979 - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom;
             - New York Hyphen, Eliste Mayer Inc. Gallery, New York, USA;
    1980 - Arts Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom;
             - Project Gallery, Dublin, Scotland;
             - Academy of Art, Liverpool, United Kingdom;
    1981 - "Rivolta" Gallery (Galerie Rivolta), Lausanne, Switzerland;
             - "Ceolfrith" Gallery, Sunderland, United Kingdom;
    1982 - Retrospective Exhibition, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, United Kingdom;
    1983 - University of Liverpool, United Kingdom;
             - K Gallery, Tokyo, Japan;
             - "Olga Korper" Gallery, Toronto, Canada;
             - "Kamakura" Gallery, Tokyo, Japan;
    1984 - "Curwen" Gallery, London, United Kingdom;
    1985 - London School of Business, London, United Kingdom;
    1986 - K Gallery, Tokio, Japan;
    1987 - Nine Catalytic Stations, "Serpentine" Gallery, London, United Kingdom;
             - Hyphen 1975 - 1985, "Curwen" Galley, London, United Kingdom;
    1988 - "Richard Demarco" Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom;
             - Traquair House, Peebles, Scotland;
             - "Narrow Water" Gallery, Newry, Ireland;
    1990 - Nine Catalytic Stations, Minories Gallery, Colchester, United Kingdom;
    1994 - Retrospective Exhibition, First Gallery, Timisoara, Romania;
             - Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania;
             - Hat Hill Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, Sussex, United Kingdom;
    1997 - Retrospective Exhibition, National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania;
             - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA;
    1998 - "Flowers East" Gallery, London, United Kingdom;
    2003 - Tate Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom;
    2009 - Retrospective exhibition dedicated to Paul Neagu.
     
    Group exhibitions:
    1969 - Bauzentrum Group Exhibition, tactile/palpable objects with open/shut doors in various materials, with Peter Iacobi, Ritzi Iacobi and Ion Bitzan in Hamburg, Germany;
             - John Moores Biennale, Liverpool, United Kingdom;
             - "Richard Demarco" Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom;
    1970 - "Siggi Krauss" Gallery, London, United Kingdom;
    1971 - "Compass" Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (with Horia Bernea);
    1973 - "Serpentine" Gallery, London, United Kingdom;
    1975 - Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom;
    1979 - "Third Eye Centre" Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (with catalogue);
    1981 - Baroque 81, Modern Art Museum, Paris;
    1993 - International Exhibition, London, United Kingdom;
    1997 - Out of Action, between performance and object, Barcelona (Spain), Tokyo (Japan), Vienna (Austria);
    2000 - The Body and the East, Modern Art Museum, Ljubljana, Slovenia;
    2004 - National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (with Horia Bernea);
             - From Moore to Hirst, National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania (with catalogue);
    2006 - Artists in Exile, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania;
    2007 - Demarco Archive, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania;
     
    GAG Exhibitions:
    1972 - MOMA, New York, USA.
     
    Workshops:
    1984 - 1985 - Time and Space (ten day workshop), Anchorage, Alaska;
    1995 - International Brancusi workshop, participated with the artwork Table of the Silence, Bucharest, Romania;
    1999 - Sculpture for a Magical Landscape, Southern China;
             - Curtea de Arges, Romania.
     
    Artworks:
    1974 - he realizes the first draft of the artwork Table with curved legs;
             - Going Tornado. The Metronome, performance;
             - generates for the first time the idea of Hyphen;
    1975 - Creates the first Hyphen, object-sculpture;
    1975 - 1976 - Going Tornado, 3D installation;
    1983 - Hyphen and Swinging Hyphen;
    1986 - Twenty-Four Arguments (wood);
    1991 - Nine Catalytic Stations Revived (retitled Epagoge; wood, bronze, and steel);
    1993 - Nine Catalytic Stations and Unnamed (grouped spheres) mingle to form Epagoge (steel construction);
             - Epagoge, nine sculptures and 81 spheres ensemble;
    1994 - New Hyphen and Unnamed;
    1995 - new Hyphen renamed Ten Right Angles/Ten Righteous Angels;
    1999 - Hyphen (steel; on granite pedestal; 5 m high);
             - Anthropocosmos (300m diameter), China;
             - Monumental Sacramentalia (cast in bronze).
     
    Monumental Artworks:
    1997 - The Cross of the Century (bronze), Bucharest, Romania;
    1999 - Crucifixion (stainless steel), Timisoara, Romania.
     
    Artworks in public spaces:
    National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania (140 works donated by the artist in 1996);
    National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania;
    Ministry of Culture, Romania;
    The Royal Collection of Contemporary Art;
    Museum of Banat, Timisoara, Romania;
    Art Museum, Tulcea, Romania.
    Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr, United Kingdom;
    "Vasile Parvan" Museum, Barlad, Romania;
    Arts Council of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom;
    Downeen Collection, Cork, Ireland;
    Deal Collection, Dallas, USA;
    Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland;
    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland;
    Scottish Sculpture Trust;
    Kulturbehörde, Hamburg, Germany;
    Musée Cantonal de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland;
    City Art Gallery, Leeds, United Kingdom;
    Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia;
    Arts Council of Great Britain, London, United Kingdom;
    British Museum, London, United Kingdom;
    Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom;
    Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom;
    Borough Council, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom;
    Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, United Kingdom;
    Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, USA;
    FDAC, Seine Saint-Denis, France;
    Modern Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
     
    Writings:
    Stircea-Craciun, Matei; Neagu, Paul, Nine Catalytic Stations, Anastasia Publishing House, Romania, 2003.
    The Great Sand Glass / Marele Clepsidru, poems, bilingual (english-romanian), Interart Foundation Timisoara, 2004.
    Generative Art Group, London.
    Guide to Generative Arts: (Generative Arts Research Group), London.
    Generative Arts Research, London, 1977.
    Generative Art Trust, London, 1996.
    A Derridean Tornado, London, 2000.
    Palp’Arta, in: "Arta" Magazine, no. 5, 1970, p. 20.
    Marele Clepsidru, Timisoara, 2004 (poems).
     
    Prizes and Awards:
    1969 - Prize, awarded by the Romanian Fine Arts Union;
    1987 - Won "On the Strand" sculpture competition, Charing Cross, London, United Kindom;
    1991 - Awarded “Sargent research grant”, British Academy, Rome;
    1996 - Prize awarded by the Government of Japan.
     
    * Solo Exhibitions: 1990 - Barlad, Bacau, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Bistrita, Romania.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY


    Vlasiu, Ioana (coord.), Dicționarul sculptorilor din România. Secolele XIX - XX, vol. II, Lit. H - Z, Academia Romana Publishing House, Bucharest, 2012, pp. 166 - 169.
     
    Web sources:
    http://www.paulneaguhyphen.com/
    www.sculpture.org.uk
    http://www.ledelarge.fr
    www.demaro-archive.ac.uk  
    http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/neagu-palpable-object-t07755