Sawka A Sawka B

In English, 1986. Graphic designer Jan Sawka, in a book of 25 beautifully reproduced drypoint etchings, pays tribute to writing and the literary imagination.

Art as Activist Cover Art as Activist Publisher's Page

In English. For much of the 2nd half of the 20th century, Eastern Europe was a place of socio-political instability and an unrelenting struggle for artistic freedom. Poland, as a satellite country of the Eastern Bloc expected to practice Soviet-style Communism, had its own struggles with oppression throughout the arts, especially in the years leading up to the imposition of martial law in 1981. This book examines many instances of resistance and conflict, along with the poster art that emerged to document events from the Cold War period as seen from behind the Iron Curtain.

Moorhouse A Moorhouse B

The author at the time of publication was curator of the Modern Collection at the Tate Gallery, London. Besides offering a comprehensive look at Dali's evolution as a painter, the book provides informative biographical information about this very complex artist. Its very large format allows for striking reproductions of Dali's artwork, and the book contains a select bibliography that has great suggestions for further reading that will appeal to every level of art enthusiast.

Chase A Chase B

Commentary, teachings and examples of the era marked by artists including Ralph Goings, Richard Estes, Chuck Close, Tom Blackwell in this book by Linda Chase, with an introduction by Salvador Dali.

Wag 1 A Wag 1 B

In Polish and English. Primarily concentrated on Polish Posters from the 1960s, this book is a Publication of Wydawnictwo Artystyczny-Graficzne (WAG), Poland's agency for the graphic arts at the time. The 1972 edition concentrates on individual categories of poster, including Political & Social Posters, Theater and Concert Posters, Film Posters, Exhibition & Commercial Posters, Tourism and Sports Posters, and Circus Posters. Also see 1979 Edition by same title.

Wag 2 A Wag 2 B

In Polish and English. Primarily concentrated on Polish Posters from the 1970s, this book is a publication of Wydawnictwo Artystyczny-Graficzne (WAG), Poland's agency for the graphic arts at the time. The 1979 edition concentrates on individual categories of poster, including Political & Social Posters, Theater and Concert Posters, Film Posters, Exhibition & Commercial Posters, Tourism and Sports Posters, and Circus Posters. Also see 1972 Edition by same title.

Dydo Film A Dydo Film B

In Polish and English. During the late 1990s, Kszysztof Dydo joined with several prominent collectors, graphic designers and art historians to compile this centennial celebration of Polish film posters (1896-1996). Posters are arranged chronologically and the book features nearly 900 color plates, as well as opening essays by authoritative voices in the field. Mr. Dydo, founder of Galeria Plakatu in Krakow, also compiled a companion book concentrating on 100 years of Polish theater posters. Both are considered essential introductions to the School of Polish Poster.

Dydo Theater A Dydo Theater B

In Polish and English. During the late 1990s, Kszysztof Dydo joined with several prominent collectors, graphic designers and art historians to compile this centennial celebration of Polish theater posters (1899-1999). Posters are arranged chronologically and the book features 820 color plates, as well as opening essays by authoritative voices in the field. Mr. Dydo, founder of Galeria Plakatu in Krakow, also compiled a companion book concentrating on 100 years of Polish movie posters. Both are considered essential introductions to the School of Polish Poster.

Mroszczak A Mroszczak B

In German. Polish graphic designer Jozef Mroszczak compiled this large hardcover, which contains black & white photos of pre-War posters that are hard to find elsewhere. Also very good selection of color and B&W posters from 1945-1962.

PPF A PPF B

In Polish, German, Russian and English. Most of the landmark works of the pioneers of the Polish School of Poster (1946-1956) are represented here, with an introduction by designer Jan Lenica. This is an old book printed with old inks on what appears to be a thick version of the paper used for printing posters at the time. If you find a copy, count on the pages to have yellowed and become more brittle, but very likely the color inks will have held their power and intensity wonderfully ... a crazy jumble of youth and extreme old age.

projekt A projekt B

In English. This was prepared as a catalogue to accompany a very large exhibit of Polish posters in the United States during 1979. Coordinated by The Maryland Institute, College of Art and the Poster Museum division of The National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, the exhibit contained over 120 pieces dating back to the early 1900s, and this catalogue is exhaustively curated ... down to the names of printers responsible for these rarities.

Cieslewicz ACieslewicz B

In English. This book is graphic designers talking to graphic designers. A most comprehensive profile of the life and work of Roman Cieslewicz, one of the early graphic artists who attained worldwide recognition and worked extensively in other countries. Dozens of his Polish posters are featured and discussed, as well as cover art work and design for a variety of publications in France (where he also spent much of his career). A one-on-one interview is also featured with the author, who at the time of publication was Professor of  Graphic Design at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (Paris).

Waldberg A Waldberg B

In English. This book is a compact review (100 pages) of common threads within the Surrealistic realm that run through all arts, traveling a spectrum of "roots" surrealism ... including Dada ... through the lens of Freudianism in art and poetry. The author does a great job of recreating the excitement, urgency, and intensity of the spiritual orientation that unites all Surrrealists and plunges them collectively into sub-conscious expression.

 

Matthews A Matthews B

This book is hard to find but worth hunting down for comprehensive examples of writing with a surrealist perspective. The book includes discussions of automatic writing as a method in 20th  poetry and prose, in the form of 47 short narratives by 24 international surrealist writers. In other words, the much larger inspiration for the Fireside Room located down the hall here at Apparition Studio.

Jean A Jean B

Published  in French and English.  Exactly what it says in the title. With 386 plates, 36 in color. Comprehensive and insightful, the book lays out many valuable connections to consider with related art forms such as Dada, Cubism, and others.  This is art you can take with you too ... The cover you see in our photo is actually a complex composite of die-cut 1-, 2-, and 4-color papers and thick binders board making up the dust jacket and hardcover binding below. A nice way to honor a very honorable book. Copyright 1959 Editions du Seuil, Paris.  Library of Congress Card Catalog Number 60-11094.

Mulroy A Mulroy B

Yee-hah! The American Western  genre, from cowboy films to Wild West Shows and fine art exhibitions, captured by poster designers from around the world, including a very large collection of posters created in Poland. In English.