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The Forerunner of Polish Abstract Art

Linie rytmiczne: Wrocław Szpakowski 1883-1973 [Rhythmic Lines]. Katalog Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi nr. 71/78 [Catalog of the Lodz Art. Museum nr. 71/78].

Łodz: Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, 1978. Octavo (24 × 16 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; [32] pp. Twenty-four illustrations, including numerous full-page photographs of the artist's works. Perfect-bound wrappers just starting to detach from block; else very good.

Catalog of the first exhibition of the “outsider” modernist artist Wrocław Szpakowski (1883–1973), today considered one of the most important forerunners of Polish Geometrical Abstraction, Minimalism, and Op Art. A trained architect with an early interest in mathematics, music, and atmospheric phenomena, Szpakowski began drawing “rhythmic lines” at the age of seventeen. Created on tracing paper over gridded paper, his linear patters followed several simple constraints. His 1mm line always began on the left of the page moving to the right, was always 4mm apart and never crossed itself. The drawings commented on cyclical rhythms found in nature and invited a sustained looking, following the line from beginning to end, promoting reflection on attention and visual memory. Although Szpakowski never exhibited his work during his lifetime, he did compile several curated portfolios of his drawings starting in 1912, completing the last one in 1953. He also articulated his ideas in a programmatic essay “Rhythmic Lines” which he published in the monthly magazine Odra in 1969. Opening five years after the artist’s death, this exhibition was based on the essay and portfolios compiled by Szpakowski during his lifetime. Following this first exhibit, Szpakowski’s work has been exhibited across Poland and internationally, including at the Pompidou Center in Paris and MoMA in New York.

As of July 2021, KVK, OCLC only show one copy in North America.

Book ID: 51404

Price: $350.00