Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Clément Dirié, Andrzej Przywara. Text by Daniel Buren, Paulina Krasiska, Andrzej Przywara, Anka Ptaszkowska.
This intimate publication documents an iconic art space of the 20th century, the Warsaw apartment and studio of Polish artists Henryk Stazewski (1894–1988) and Edward Krasinski (1925–2004)—a lively artistic and social space shared by multiple artists.
Referencing Daniel Spoerri's landmark artist's book An Anecdoted Topography of Chance (1962), it interweaves a detailed photographic survey of the studio—still preserved today as it was after Krasinski's death in 2004—by Polish photographer Pawel Bownik with numerous short stories written by relatives, artists, critics, curators and friends of both artists in commemoration of the importance of this location in the definition and social life of the Polish avant-garde, and in the dialogue between Western and Eastern European contemporary art scenes. Contributors include Daniel Buren, Andrzej Przywara, Anka Ptaszkowska, Joann Mytleowska, Adam Szymczyk and many others.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Sabine Breitwieser. Text by Sabine Breitwieser, Dietrich Karner, Pawel Polit, Adam Szymczyk.
Sculptor Edward Krasinski was a key member of Poland's neo-avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s. His work was rooted in Surrealism and Constructivism, but also deftly navigated between Minimalism and Conceptualism. This deeply satisfying and substantial monograph is published on the occasion of the first retrospective exhibition devoted to the artist's work since his death in 2004. It focuses on Krasinski's unique exhibition designs--grandiose settings for his works which completely transformed the original exhibition spaces. It features generous documentary portraits of Krasinski, many of which were created in collaboration with the photographer Eustachy Kossakowski, and many of which are reproduced here for the first time. Special attention is paid to the legendary Foksal Gallery in Warsaw, which Krasinski helped to establish in 1966. Important exhibitions are investigated, including the artist's contribution to the 1970 Tokyo Biennial. Several of Krasinski's key works, whose whereabouts had been unknown for many years, were unearthed while the retrospective was being researched--and they are displayed here at last.