Osieki: n.p., 1980. Quarto (30 × 21 cm). Original printed side-stapled wrappers with 82 unnumbered leaves of mimeographed text and illustrations to rectos only. Very good.
A printed companion to the penultimate Osieki plein-air workshop of international artists and theorists held annually 1963–1981. The series of open-air workshops, open studios, actions and installations captured a period of rapid development of Polish neo-avant-garde and the move toward conceptualism. The Polish conceptual artists Jerzy Fedorowicz (1928–1918) and Ludmiła Popiel (1929–1988) founded and organised the initial meetings. The volume includes original artworks as well as Jerzy Ryba’s essay on Concretism, Andrzej Partum’s famous “Manifest Zwierzecy” (Animal manifesto), and Andrzej Mroczek’s essay on the neo-avant-garde Galeria Labirynt. The first meeting in 1963 featured 25 artists from Poland and abroad, after heated negotiations with authorities about removing the works of Soviet abstract artists from the exhibition. This penultimate exhibition in 1980 featured 30 artists and 9 critics including Józef Robakowski, Andrzej Ciesielski, Andrzej Partum, Jan Dobkowski, Małgorzata Potocka, Elżbieta Kalinowska. The 1980 Osieki event coincided with the August strikes at the Gdansk shipyard. The final Osieki plein-air was held in 1981, with the subsequent events cancelled due to the institution of the Martial Law in Poland in 1981–1983. The full collection of the Osieki plein-airs including art, video, ephemera, catalogs and theoretical writings is held by the Modern Art Museum in Koszalin.
As of August 2022, KVK, OCLC show no recorded copies of this item outside of Poland.
Book ID: 52300