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Wrocław: Galeria Permafo, 1976. Octavo (15.5 × 12.5 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 47, [1] pp. Thirty-two photographic reproductions. In Polish and English. Very good or better.

A single volume of the 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 volume includes essays and theoretical texts by Permafo members as well as photographs of artworks by Joseph Kosuth, Ben Vautier, Natalia LL, and Andrzej Lachowicz. The final pages are dedicated to the documentation of the exhibition "Protografia 76", complete with the list of 14 participating artists.

The Permafo 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.

As of September 2022, KVK, OCLC show holdings in three libraries outside of Poland.

Book ID: 52328

Price: $750.00