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Polish Unofficial Art

Energie Niezidentyfikowane [Unidentified energies]. 2 volumes.

Wrocław: Galeria Permafo, 1981. Small octavos (14.5 × 10.5 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers on yellow card stock; 30, [2] and 25, [2] pp., including 15 photo-illustrations, some full page. Very good or better.

Two volumes (all published, but numbered 1 and 3) of an art publication of the neo-avant-garde group and the eponymous gallery Permafo, formed by the Polish conceptual artists Natalia LL, Andrej Lachowicz, Zbigniew Dłubak, and the art critic Antoni Dzieduszycki. The publication includes essays and theoretical texts by artists and critics such as Martin Krzysztan, Jerzy Rosołowicz, and Alicja Kępińska. The journal also includes photographs of artworks in a variety of media including documentations of performances and straight-to-camera performances by Natalia LL and Andrzej Lachowicz. The gallery operated in Wrocław 1970–1981 and in the course of its tenure exhibited leading European artists of the time including Bernd and Hill Becher, Joseph Beuys, Milan Grygar, Tibor Hajas, Joseph Kosuth, Dora Maurer, François Morellet, AR Pencka, Mimmo Paladino, Peter Stemela, Ben Vautier, and Jiři Valoch. In 1972–1980 the group also published “Permafo” journal, and the publication together with the gallery activities were instrumental to the development of conceptual art in Poland. The gallery was shut down after the introduction of martial law in 1981, when all Polish independent organizations not operated by the state were abruptly criminalized. In December 2012, the Wroclaw Contemporary Museum organized an exhibition dedicated to the group’s activity titled “Where is Permafo?” The Warsaw Museum of Modern Art holds this and many other Permafo publications.

Each volume one of 300 copies printed.

As of September 2022, KVK, OCLC show two copies outside of Poland.

Book ID: 52146

Price: $750.00