CAPTURING LIFE. ALINA SZAPOCZNIKOW — DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURES
ed. by Józef Grabski
Kraków - Warszawa 2004
252 × 232 mm, 374 pages
91 full-page colour plates, 701 colour ill., 94 b&w photographs
On the cover: Untitled, about 1963,
pencil, red ink and ballpoint on paper (cat. no. 340)
The catalogue offers the first complete inventory of the artist's drawings, dating from the late 1940s to the very last works drawn by her while in a hospital in 1973. An attempt has been made to arrange the 620 drawings chronologically or thematically, based on their stylistic features and iconographic contents. Among them are portraits and “academic” nude sketches, preparatory studies for sculptures and large-format drawing showing some abstract organic forms, apparently made purely for the pleasure of drawing. One finds here both large-size drawings prepared for exhibitions or sale, as well as random sketches and “drawing-notes” — the artist's ideas casually put down on scraps of paper. All works are reproduced in colour and described in detail. The drawings and about 60 sculptures
, also shown at the exhibition, are accompanied by a rich body of scholarship on Szapocznikow's art (13 essays by art critics and artist-friends of the sculptor), with the emphasis put on critical texts exploring the role of drawing in Szapocznikow's oeuvre.
KRYSTYNA CZERNI — The Second Wing or Alina Szapocznikow's Dream about Flying
ANNA ŻAKIEWICZ — On Alina Szapocznikow's Drawings
PIERRE DESCARGUES — ***
ALEKSANDER WOJCIECHOWSKI — ***
ARNAUD LABELLE-ROJOUX — The Accursed Part of Alina Szapocznikow
URSZULA CZARTORYSKA — Transgression. On the Message of Alina Szapocznikow's Art
JACEK WALTOŚ — Alina Szapocznikow
JERZY TCHÓRZEWSKI — On Alina Szapocznikow
WOJCIECH FANGOR — A Word about Alina
WOJCIECH FANGOR — Ruins, Bricks, Foksal Street...
KRZYSZTOF TEODOR TOEPLITZ — A Recollection
PIERRE RESTANY — ALINA SZAPOCZNIKOW. The Eternal Language of the Body
PIERRE CABANNE — Alina. Against All Odds!
ANDRZEJ WAJDA — Alina Szapocznikow (1926-1973)
Drawings (catalogue compiled by Jola Gola)