Copenhagen. (Self-published). Original tan wrappers, saddle stapled. First edition of 100 copies. Artists' book by Jiří Kolář featuring typescript concrete poems consisting of the lowercase letter “r” on die-cut pages. The five typescript concrete poems are printed on die-cut pages such that later poems can be partially seen through the cut holes. Published with the help of Eric Andersen who mediated the project. Half the edition was kept in Copenhagen, with the other half sent to Willem de Ridder's European Mail-Order Warehouse/Fluxshop. The book showcases Kolář’s mastery of concrete poetry. Kolář was a distinguished Czech poet, writer and translator, who won recognition with his experiments with various types of collages and his work with paper, which he transformed into a form of original pictures, reliefs and spatial objects. He was the author of several artists’ books in which the element of repetition represents a central principle of thought. Kolář was predominantly interested in the fusion of the word behind the image, and language, the written word or the destruction of it, played an important role in his artwork.
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Jiri Kolar | Poem R | 1965 | Zucker Art Books
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