Riga: City Art Museum; ("Dzintars" typography), 1922. Small octavo (16.5 × 11.1 cm). Stapled wrappers with original woodcut design (by Niklavs Strunke?);  pp. One leaf of plates, two-sided, featuring two reproductions of works by Kazaks. Very good; wrappers very lightly toned along edges; lower corner of first leaf lightly creased. Item #3291
Rare exhibition catalog in memory of the Latvian modernist painter and graphic artist Jekabs Kazaks, who was instrumental in bringing international creative trends to the Latvian capital and served as the chairman of the Riga Artists' Group (Rigas Makslinieku Grupa, formed 1920), which issued this publication in his memory. Two works are reproduced within, a 1917 self-portrait and another painting entitled "Genre". The brief introduction mentions that nearly all of Kazaks' drawings and paintings are included in the exhibition, sorted by year, and ranging from 1915 to his tragically early death in 1920. In his recent introduction to Latvian interwar publishing, James Fraser notes: "This slender memorial exhibition from March 26 to April 14, 1922, celebrated one of the key figures in the establishment of the modern tradition in Latvian art, despite his untimely death. 249 pieces covering the years 1915 to 1920--essentially Kazaks' entire oeuvre--was shown. Dace Lamberga has provided the most significant assessment of Kazaks in her monograph, Jekabs Kazaks (Riga: Neputns, 2007)" (Fraser p. 169). Fraser L409. References: James H. Fraser, Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940: a Re-discovery (Riga: Neputns, 2014). KVK, OCLC show a single copy at Frick Art Reference Library.