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Polish Neo-Avant-Garde

New Situation.

Wrocław: Galeria Permafo, 1972. Quarto (30 × 21 cm). Original decorative wrappers on yellow stock; 6, [142] leaves of text and illustrations, printed to rectos only. Light wear to spine extremities, else very good.

An important early catalog of the Permafo Gallery founded in 1970 by the eponymous neo-avant-garde PERMAFO group formed by the artists Natalia Lach-Lachowicz (Natalia LL), Andrzej Lachowicz, Zbigniew Dłubak with the art critic Antoni Dzieduszycki. The gallery operated until 1981 and was central to the development of conceptual art and photography in Poland. Printed in English with an introductory essay by Antoni Dzieduszycki, the catalog includes artist bios, artist statements and reproductions of the works of participating artists: Zbigniew Dłubak, Zdisłlaw Jurkiewicz, Natalia LL, Andrzej Lachowicz, Maria Michałowska, Aleksandra Paderewska-Karst, Jerzy Rosołowicz, Antoni Dzieduszycki. Art historian Joanna Inglot writes: “Founded after the Visual Arts Symposium “Wrocław 70”, which popularized conceptualism in Poland, Natalia LL, Andrzej Lachowicz’ PERMAFO Gallery was the first to launch a radical critique of existing institutions in Poland. […] The PERMAFO artists sought to reject social clichés and stereotypical systems of visual signification, while exploring what they called “permanent art, consumer art, penetrating photography, artificial photography, concrete photography, post-consumer art, and extreme art” (See Brenda Schmahmann ed., Iconic Works of Art by Feminists and Gender Activists, p. 198). The work of PERMAFO Gallery would turn Wroclaw into an unofficial capital of conceptual art in Poland with an emphasis on “new media” such as film, video and photography.

As of March 2022, KVK, OCLC show copies at Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, Princeton, and Art Institute of Chicago.

Book ID: 51916

Price: $1,500.00