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Duchamp DADA Poster

by Duchamp, Marcel (poster design), with texts by Hans Arp, Richard Huelsenbeck, Jacques-Henry Levesque, & Tristan Tzara

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Letterpress poster (38" x 25"), designed by Duchamp, printed in black and orange on white ground, acting as both notice for and as a catalogue of works shown at the landmark DADA exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, April 15 to May 9, 1953, with the texts and list of exhibited works creating a complex, typographically… Read more
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image of Przegięcie paly. Organ ochotniczej rezerwy, milicji obywatelskiej [Going to extremes. An organ of the voluntary reserve of the citizens' police]. Galeria Działań Maniakalnych [Gallery of Manic Activities]

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Łódź: Pomaranczowa Alternatywa Miasto, 1989. Octavo (24.5 × 17.5 cm). Original pictorial self-wrappers; [4] pp. Xerox-illustrated throughout. Very good. A pamphlet of the Łódź branch of Pomarańczowa Alternatywa [Orange Alternative], an artistic and quasi-political (anti-communist) movement which reached its peak of activity in Poland in 1985-1989. The pamphlet contains satirical articles and announcements of happenings in Łódź. Pomarańczowa Alternatywa… Read more
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image of Two handbills by the Orange Alternative: "Pokoj w Białystoku jest Zagrożony [The Peace in Białystok is Threatened]!" and "Stracilismy palace zimowy, zdobedziemy pokoj [We lost our winter palace, now we will have peace]!!"

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Poland, ca. 1985-1989. Single leaves, measuring 14 × 10 and 15 × 11 cm respectively. Reproduced typescript to rectos only. Very good. Two typescript handbills with a call to join a happening of the Pomarańczowa Alternatywa [Orange Alternative], an artistic and quasi-political (anti-communist) movement which reached its peak of activity in Poland in 1985-1989. The two handbills seem… Read more
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$225.00
image of Sztuka Jako Ekstremum Świadomości. Wystawa Grafiki i Fotografii [Art as extreme consciousness. Exhibit of Photography and graphic art]

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Warsaw: Galeria Studio w Warszawie, 1978. Illustrated card leaf measuring 38 × 20 cm, folded once horizontally with text to verso. Very good. An advertisement for an exhibit at the Galeria Studio (modern-day STUDIO Teatrgaleria), a contemporary art exhibition space opened in 1972 by the artist and experimental theater director Józef Szajna. The poster includes two essays: "Sztuka… Read more
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Fotoausstellung im Ilafot Dresden

by Natalia Lach-Lachowicz; Bezirksfotoklub Artikon Dresden

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Dresden, [1967]. Octavo (21 × 15 cm). Single folded leaf; [4] pp. Very good. Scarce early flier for an exhibition in Dresden of Lach-Lachowicz's work, with a preface in German by Aleksandra Gonczynska and a list of thirty-five works shown. Born in 1937, Natalia Lach-Lachowicz studied photography and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław 1957-1963.… Read more
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Zagreb: Galerija Studentskogo Centra, [1977]. Single leaf, measuring 41.5 × 29.5 cm, folded once horizontally. Lightly frayed to edges, still about very good. A poster advertising the second European tour of the Canadian avant-garde artists from the Centre for Experimental Art and Communication (CEAC) hosted by the SC Gallery in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. The gallery hosted two events titled: "New… Read more
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Zagreb, 1966. (59.5 × 42 cm). Single leaf folded five times horizontally and once along the vertical axis. With numerous small reproductions. In English and Croatian. Very good. An exhibition poster for the SC (Student Center) Gallery in Zagreb in 1966, illustrated with the work of seventeen Yugoslav artists including Matija Skurjeni, Branko Ružić, Ivan Picelj, Vasilije Jordan, Miro… Read more
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Various sizes; overall very good. Andrzej Partum (1938-2002) was a seminal figure of Polish Neo-Avant-Garde, a "non-official" artistic movement in Poland in the 70s and 80s. A self-taught artist, Partum's heterogeneous work includes musical compositions, concrete poetry, mail art, installations and performances, putting him in the Conceptualist tradition even as he disapproved of Conceptualism in his critical writings and manifestos. Due… Read more
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Lodz: 1988. Large folio (42 × 30 cm). Original decorative side-stapled self-wrappers; 8 pp. Light wear to wrappers, else very good. A samizdat artistic manifesto written by Sławomir Kosmynka, which announces the iconoclastic position of the Chaos - Faza 3 Gallery. Kosmynka studied typography and painting at the State College of Fine Arts in Łódź where he met Ewa… Read more
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$350.00
image of Ogólnopolska wystawa młodej plastyki pod hasłem "Przeciw wojnie - przeciw faszyzmowi". zorganizowana z okazji v światowego festiwalu młodziezy i studentów [Polish exhibition of young art under the slogan: "Against war - against Fascism". Organized on the occasion of the fifth international festival of students and youth]. Exposition de la Jeune Peinture Sculpture et Gravure [Exposition of young painting, sculpture, graphic art]

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Warsaw: "Arsenał", 1955. Octavo (23 × 16.5 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 47 pp. with [47] leaves of photo-reproductions. Light soil to wrappers; spine extremities starting, a small chip to spine. Internally very good. A catalog of the famous "Arsenał 55" exhibition of young art, a landmark event for Polish art after WWII. The exhibition was held as part of… Read more
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image of Slovo, písmo, akce, hlas: k estetice kultury technického věku. Výběr z esejů, manifestů a uměleckých programů druhé poloviny XX. století [Word, letter, action, voice: toward an aesthetics of culture in the technological age. Anthology of essays, manifestos and artistic programs of the second half of the 20th century]. Otázky a názovy, sv. 63

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Prague: Československý spisovatel, 1967. Octavo (19.5 × 10 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 249, [5] pp. About very good; wrappers beginning to detach from text block. Important anthology of post-war text on the arts and avant-garde, published shortly before the Prague Spring and the Soviet Invasion of 1968, which would significantly hamper the distribution of such cultural tendencies. Contains… Read more
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8 sonnets: I have forgotten the song

by Valoch, Jiří

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Toronto: Ganglia Press, January 1969. Oblong folio (11 × 14 cm) on yellow paper stock; [24] pp. Very good. Canadian edition of eight concrete "sonnets" by the Czech concrete poet Valoch, in which words have been replaced with monotone typewriter marks. The collection is subtitled "I have forgotten the song / to my dear friend bp nichol very… Read more
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image of Galeria Repassage. Repassage miejski. 9.06.1974 [Gallery Repassage. Municipal Repassage]

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Warsaw: Galeria Repassage, 1974. Quarto (A4). Original photo-illustrated wrappers; [24] pp. Numerous black-and-white illustrations throughout. Small stains to front wrapper; else very good. Catalog documenting a series of performances and action art events in 1974 as part of the project "Municipal Passage I," which sought to "[import] artistic activities into the life of the municipal body confronting art inspired… Read more
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Eight haiku drawings. pf '78

by Valoch, Jiří

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[Czech Republic], 1977. Nine cards with offset-printed typewritten haiku, laid into original white card folder, measuring 14.5 × 10.2 cm. Signed and numbered by Valoch. Fine. Collection of eight "haiku drawings" consisting of all possible combinations of the two verbalized colors green and yellow (e.g. "green / green / yellow" and "yellow / green /green"). Issued as a… Read more
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image of Ga (the first and last collection of sound poems by jiří valoch). Writers forum 'fives' no. 1 (series)

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London: Writers Forum , 1971. Octavo (21 × 14.6 cm). Original side-stapled xeroxed wrappers; xeroxed text on Chinese-style folded leaves; [19] pp. Very good. English edition of "poems in the language ga realisated (sic!) especially for this collection, dedicated to bob cobbing ladislav novak henri chopin barnard heidsieck francois dufrene ernst jandl" by the Czech concrete poet Valoch.… Read more
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image of Galeria Repassage. Sezon 1974-75 [Repassage Gallery. The 1974-1975 season]. Piotr Bernacki et al.

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Warsaw: Galeria Repassage, 1974. Quarto (A4). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; [24] pp. Numerous black-and-white illustrations throughout. Very good. Catalog documenting the exhibitions held 1974-1975 at Galeria Repassage (Repassage Gallery), one of the most important sites of the Polish neo-avantgarde and counterculture of the 1970s. It saw numerous exhibitions devoted to conceptual art and performance. Like many galleries of the… Read more
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Pohledná poezie [Handsome poetry]

by Juliš, Emil

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Liberec: Severočeské nakladatelství, 1966. Quarto (× cm). Original black cloth; embossed title to front board; decorative dust jacket; 65, [3] pp. Signed and inscribed by the author. Very good. A striking, large-format work by another of the leading concrete poets active in Czechoslovakia. Overall design and binding by Milan Janáček. One of 700 copies. As of February 2020,… Read more
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PF 1988 [New year's greeting for 1988]

by Ovčáček, Eduard

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[Brno, 1987]. Original print in three colors, a meditation on the number 8, signed below by the artist. Measures 19.6 × 14.5 cm. Very good. Ovčáček was one of the foremost practitioners of concrete poetry and lettrism in Czechoslovakia. "Ovčáček endeavoured to achieve a revitalization of the language, based on a mythology of script, ideograms, hieroglyphs, pictograms and… Read more
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Group of various pieces of mail art sent to Natalia LL

by Valoch, Jiří, Johan von Geluwe, and others

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Various sizes and formats. Very good. Original envelope by the A.R.T. - ART Recycling Terminal, Waregem (Belgium), a project organized by the Belgian mail artists Johan van Geluwe (born 1929), who is also the curator of the Museum of Museums. Contains a compilation of various original pieces of mail art sent to Natalia LL (Lach-Lachowicz), a founding member of… Read more
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image of Galeria Krytykow. Pracownie sztuk plastycznych [Gallery of Critics. Fine Arts Studios]

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Warsaw PSP (Pracownie sztuk plastycznych), 1980 or 1981? Octavo. Original three-panel folder, with printed text in English and Polish; laid in are 4 pp. of reproduced typescript, stapled to upper left corner. Very good. Issued for an exhibition of the Critics' Gallery (Galeria Krytykow, still active as Galeria Krytykow Pokaz), founded in the second half of the 1970s.… Read more
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