Warsaw: Galereia Foksal PSP Books, 1976. Large octavo (29.5 × 20.5 cm). Original illustrated staple-stitched self-wrappers;  pp. Illustrations throughout. Very good.
An English-language catalog documenting four performances or “open projections” of the Polish performance art group “Druga Grupa,” active 1966-1976. The performances took place over a period of two years, 1973-1975, at a variety of venues, most notably the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw (est. 1966) and Krzystofory Gallery in Krakow (est. 1957), two galleries that succeeded in showing work with avant-garde and conceptualist leanings throughout the communist era. The brothers Lesław Janicki (b. 1944) and Wacław Janicki (b. 1944) along with their friend Jacek Stokłosa (b. 1944) founded “Druga Grupa” when all three were members of the experimental Cricot 2 Theatre, organized in 1955 by the avant-garde artist Tadeusz Kantor. In the course of their group work, the three artists co-created over a dozen performances, events and happenings, which reflected the contemporary Polish and European conceptual art scene of the 1960s and 1970s. With performance work famously difficult to document, the topic of memory and recording/documentation was often the subject of the work of “Druga Grupa”, and the performances described in this catalog exhibit this tendency. The English language text of this catalog, clearly aimed at an international audience, served as much to communicate with the art world beyond the communist sphere as to enhance the chances of successful documentation and preservation. In 2017, the first retrospective exhibit (“Druga Grupa – We’d Done All That Was to Be Done”) was held in Krakow at the Cricoteka, the Center for Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor. Outside of Poland, the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London hold an archive of Druga Grupa. KVK, OCLC show only one copy of this catalog, at Northwestern.
Book ID: P6476