Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi in Edinburgh (Scottish gallery of modern art, February, 2019)

The ‘i want to be a machine’ exhibition was a not so subtle jibe at Warhol’s notoriety in that almost everything Warhol is now famous for had clearly been previously created by Edinburgh’s own Paolozzi. There were lots of warhol’s bright screen prints and repeated iconic images, preceded by Paolozzi’s machine like posters, but the stellar exhibits in the show were Paolozzi’s sculptures which are unlike anything anybody else does. Why compare him to Warhol, I wondered, when he does his own thing so well? I suppose Warhol brings in the crowds, but its Paolozzi who captures their imagination once they are there.