Brno: self-published, 1972-1972. Three original printed tan and gray three-panel portfolios, with six, ten, and eleven signed plates on stiff boards, 21 × 15 cm each. Folders signed and numbered by Chatrný. Very good or better. Item #4452
Three portfolios with illustrations of Chatrný's conceptual string installation from the early 1970s, as well as drawings that playfully explore the relationship between line, plane, and space. Each illustration signed by the artist; one portfolio is accompanied by text by the concrete poet and artist Jiří Valoch, a key figure in unofficial and experimental Czech art and poetry of the 1960-70s. Chatrný (1925-2012) began as a graphic artist but turned to experimental materials and conceptual approaches in the 1950s. Surveys of the relationship between two- and three-dimensionality are typical of his work regardless of the medium. One of the most well-known Czech post-war artists of the unofficial scene, whose work is widely held in Czech galleries and abroad. The original string installation was shown at Dům umění (House of Art) in Brno, which was directed by Gerta Pospíšilová, a leading figure in Brno independent art in the early 1970s, the first years of the Czechoslovak “Normalization” era. 25 and 50 copies each. None of the portfolios found in KVK, OCLC. Not at the Czech National Library.