1966. Prague: SČSVU, 1966. Octavo (22 × 16.5 cm). Original pictorial self-wrappers;  pp. Twenty black and white illustrations. Very good.
Rare catalog devoted to an exhibition of French painters of the New Figuration (or "Narrative Figuration") movement of the early 1960s. Artists such as Francois Arnal, Eugenio Barbieri, Eduardo Arroyo, Biro Atila, Gianni Bertini, Yannis Gaitis, Ruben Gerchman, Jacques Monory, and Bernard Rancillac turned to figuration in an attempt to "reinvent painting, reincorporating the images that had transformed the pictorial universe of the 1960s: cartoon, film, photography ... In that sense, the narrative figuration accompanied social, political and economic upheavals of this period. It also participated in raising the question of the role of the artist in society" (Ameline and Ajac 2008, 3). A preface by the editor, Eva Petrová, is followed by Gérald Gassiot-Talabot's essay "La figuration narrative" and a Czech translation. Important example of a foreign exhibition held at the Václav Špála Gallery, where literary and art critic Jindřich Chalupecký (1910-1990) created numerous international links in his programming (among others, Chalupecký also arranged a Duchamp retrospective in 1969 and supported young Czech performance artists). The liberal period of the 1960s, which resulted in the infamous Prague Spring, would soon come to an end: after the Soviet Invasion and ensuing wave of repressions, arts and culture would be under strict ideological control into the late 1980s. Not in KVK, OCLC. We only locate the copy at the Czech Museum of Decorative Arts. Not in NYARC.
Book ID: P004243