ALEKSANDER KOBZDEJ. STRUGGLE WITH SUBSTANCE
ed. by Józef Grabski

 

Kraków-Warszawa 2002 
252 × 232 mm, 232 pages
33 full-page colour plates + 33 b&w photographs 
laminated hardback
ISBN 83-915130-3-3
 
On the cover: Space No. 21, 1969,
mixed technique, 90 × 60 cm (cat. no. 23)

 

Catalogue of an exhibition of paintings by Aleksander Kobzdej (1920-1972), organised on the thirtieth anniversary of the artist's death and show at the of thePolish Auction House "SZTUKA" in Warsaw and Cracow. The catalogue contains numerous full-page colour reproductions of all exhibited works, which come from a rarely exhibited family collection. These are mostly works of art pertaining to the so-called “matter painting”; only a few of them cyme from the artist's early period of socialist realism. 
 
The present catalogue offers, apart from some new texts written especially for this exhibition, a wide and varied selection of critical articles on Kobzdej's art, authored by the most renowned Polish and foreign critics. They are complemented by an ample anthology of the artist's own writings on art and its problems, along with the interviews he gave. Black-and-white archival photos of the artist from family archives illustrate all texts throughout the book. The documentary part of the book includes a biography, a record of exhibitions in which the painter participated and an index of names. 
 
All exhibited works are reproduced in full colour in the catalogue, and the essays are accompanied by archival black-and-white photographs of the artist and his family, of truly artistic quality indeed. 
 
 
CONTENTS
 
INTRODUCTION 
JÓZEF GRABSKI — Aleksander Kobzdej's Struggle with Matter 
 
CRITICAL ESSAYS, MEMOIRS, EXHIBITION REVIEWS 
ANNA BARANOWA — Aleksander Kobzdej — Painting as the Price for Life
DANUTA WRÓBLEWSKA — Why Kobzdej? 
JERZY TCHÓRZEWSKI — Olek 
TADEUSZ RÓŻEWICZ — Inspiration Drawm from the Fine Arts 
WOJCIECH SKRODZKI — Aleksander Kobzdej. A Work of Art without Borders 
TADEUSZ KONWICKI — My Friend Olek 
MIECZYSŁAW PORĘBSKI — Aleksander Kobzdej 
WIESŁAWA WIERZCHOWSKA — Aleksander Kobzdej 
JERZY STAJUDA — Who Doesn't Like Kobzdej? 
MIECZYSŁAW PORĘBSKI, ANDRZEJ JAKIMOWICZ, JERZY STAJUDA — In Aleksander Kobzdej's Studio 
JANUSZ BOGUCKI — Kobzdej in Cracow
JERZY MADEYSKI — Aleksander Kobzdej 
PIOTR SKRZYNECKI — Kobzdej's Painting 
STANISŁAW LEDÓCHOWSKI — A Painter of Optimism 
PIERRE COURTHION — Aleksander Kobzdej 
MIECZYSŁAW PORĘBSKI — Aleksander Kobzdej 
GIUSEPPE MARCHIORI — Contemporary Polish Painters 
ALEKSANDER KOBZDEJ IN MONOGRAPHS OF CONTEMPORARY POLISH ART 
ALEKSANDER KOBZDEJ'S STATEMENTS 
 
TALKS AND INTERVIEWS WITH THE ARTIST 
KIRA GAŁCZYŃSKA — Aleksander Kobzdej's Successes in Two Continents
JERZY MADEYSKI — The Prize Winner's Return 
ZBIGNIEW HERBERT — From an Artist's Atelier. Aleksander Kobzdej 
JERZY MADEYSKI — Aleksander Kobzdej Talks about a Couple of Problems of Contemporary Art 
M. JANKOWSKA — Leonardo's Astonishment 
 
BIOGRAPHY 
EXHIBITIONS 
BIBLIOGRAPHY 
INDEX OF NAMES