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1970s Czech Performance Art and Conceptual Photography

Karel Miler, Jan Mlčoch, Petr Štembera: Galeria Remont, V. 76.

Warsaw: Remont Gallery, [1976]. 8vo. (20.3 x 14.5 cm). Original side-stapled thick paper wrappers. 8 pp.; some extremely light soiling and browning, very light wear along spine, overall good condition.

A slim exhibition catalog from the Remont Gallery, the contemporary art gallery in Warsaw established and run by photographer Henryk Gajewski. The gallery was active from 1972 to 1979, hosting authors and artists, producing publications, and organizing exhibitions and conferences, often regarding experimental and conceptual photography. Andrzej Jórczak joined Gajewski in the running of the gallery in 1973.

This small catalog is dedicated to an exhibition of works by Karel Miler, Jan Mlčoch, and Petr Štembera. The three Czech artists met around 1972. At the time, Miler was producing works of minimalist poetry while Štembera and Mlčoch were partaking in performance art and body art. Their influence led Miler to performative art and photography. The trio recorded their performances and actions in photographs and sent them to conceptual art galleries abroad, as they found it very difficult to have their works shown in Czechoslovakia.

Each artist has a page of reference text or commentary - in Miler's case a single sentence - facing a page with one or two photographs showing the artist in performance. The last page contains a list of exhibited works and performances by the three artists. Scarce; as of June 2022, OCLC shows only a single holding at the British Library.

Book ID: 52067

Price: $175.00