Published by OSMOS Books. Edited by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz. Text by Zvonko Makovic, Christian Rattemeyer.
Croatian artist Julije Knifer (1924–2004) is recognized as one of the most prominent artists related to concrete art after 1945, as well as a founding member of the 1960s art collective known as the Gorgona Group. Over a career spanning five decades, Knifer developed a singularly restrained practice focusing on the variation of a single visual motif: the meander. Knifer's meanders have been interpreted differently depending on the period in which they appeared: first in the context of geometric abstraction and neo-constructivism of the “New Tendencies” of the 1960s. Today, they are more often understood as a gesture of resistance, with their asceticism and interest in the absurdism of anti-art and the neo avant-garde.
This book focuses on a group of collages, produced in the late 1950s and early 1960s, that illustrates the development of the meander motif at a pivotal moment in Knifer's career.