Visual Poetry – Czech Conceptual Art

Untitled catalog (samizdat).

[Brno]: self-published, [1982]. Quarto (29.5 × 21.5 cm). Perfect-bound blind white wrappers; [41] leaves, including 16, [2] leaves of xerox-reproduced typescript to rectos and [22] leaves of reproductions to rectos. Very good.

A scarce catalog of a group exhibition of visual poetry held in May 1982 at The House of Culture in Orlová (eastern Czechoslovakia near the Polish border). The artist, theorist, and poet Jiří Valoch (b. 1946) curated the exhibition, with his introductory essay contextualizing the work of the three artists. Karel Adamus (b. 1943), is introduced as a poet and visual artist inspired by the works of the avant-garde artist Jiří Kolář. Pavel Rudolf (b. 1943), a leading Brno imagist, is known for his application of mathematical and geometrical principles in art, especially their expression in music and language. Jan Wojnar (1944-2014) is known today as perhaps the most radical Czech conceptual artist. The biographical sketches of each artist are followed by twenty-two pages of reproductions of their works in black and white, spanning the 1960s -1980s. With a lengthy introductory essay by Jiří Valoch.

Scarce; as of February 2021, we can only trace the copy at the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry.

Book ID: P6487

Price: $375.00