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Czech Unofficial Art

Most 81/82.

[Prague]: Jazzová sekce (Jazz Section), [1982]. Quarto (29.4 × 21.2 cm). Original staple-stitched photo-illustrated self-wrappers; 35, [1] pp. Black-and-white reproductions on nearly every page, printed on better quality stock. Some toning to wrappers; still very good.

This privately published samizdat catalog was apparently the first work about a site-specific installation. It photographically documents an important unofficial art event in the early 1980s, organized by Sozanský and consisting of installations and environments by Sozanský, Jiří Novák, and Jiří Borl. The installation was a reaction to the destruction of the historic center of Most, an industrial town in North Bohemia, to make room for expanding lignite mines. Also contains poems by Emil Juliš. Photography by Pavel Jasanský. The book was semi-legally printed by the Jazz Section, an organization of jazz musicians that legally organized within the Czechoslovak Musicians’ Union and thereby gained the right to publish bulletins for supposedly private use by its members. Until it was forced to close in 1986, the Jazz Section operated in a legal “gray zone”: it played an important part in counteracting strict Normalization cultural policies by publishing material related not only to music, but also unofficial art and theater. For more on the Jazz Section, see ‘Social Currents in Eastern Europe,’ pp. 128.

As of May 2022, KVK, OCLC only show the copies at the Tate and at Toronto's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Book ID: 52027

Price: $600.00