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Alina Szapocznikow

Awkward Objects

Drawing on the work of prominent art historians, curators, critics, and collectors, this exhibition catalogue presents the most current research on the work of Alina Szapocznikow.

Born in Kalisz, Poland, in 1926, Szapocznikow studied in Prague and Paris, spent the last decade of her life in France, and created an impressive number of sculptures and drawings that are now defined as post-surrealist and proto-feminist. Recent exhibitions of the artist’s work in Germany and France, along with acquisitions by prominent collections worldwide, have bolstered Szapocznikow’s international reputation and ignited discussion of her significance to twentieth-century art.

288 pages | 85 color plates, 40 halftones | 5 1/2 x 7 1/2

Art: European Art

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Table of Contents

Agata Jakubowska, Joanna Mytkowska

Alina Szapocznikow
“My Work Has Its Roots…” (1972)

I. Alina Szapocznikow—Works and Interpretations

Selected Works / Photographs

Marta Dziewanska
Awkward Objects: Creative Barbarity—On Awkward Beginnings

Jola Gola
L’œil du Bœf—Finding the Key to the Works of Alina Szapocznikow

Griselda Pollock
Too Early and Too Late: Melting Solids and Traumatic Encryption in the Sculptural Dissolutions of Alina Szapocznikow

Anda Rottenberg

Ernst van Alphen
Sheer Skin: The Dissolution of Sculptural Skin and Sculpted Skin

Agata Jakubowska
Alina Szapocznikow’s “Leg” and “Goldfinger”: Between Reality and Illusion

Manuela Ammer
“My American Dream”: Alina Szapocznikow’s Take on Conceptual Art

Anke Kempkes
Black Drips and Dark Matter—The Luxury Gap—Concept Individuel—Quarry Desert: The Incommensurable Contemporaneity of Alina Szapocznikow

Pawel Leszkowicz
Alina Szapocznikow’s Piotr, or “The Flesh of My Son”

Sarah Wilson
Alina Szapocznikow in Paris: Worlds in Action and in Retrospect

II. Alina Szapocznikow—From the Archives

Tomáš Pospiszyl
Alena Šapocniková in Prague

Photographs from the Archive of Alina Szapocznikow


Alina Szapocznikow: A Biography
List of Works and Photo Credits

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