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Maria Bartuszová

Provisional Forms

The work of Slovak sculptor Maria Bartuszová (1936–96) was first presented to international audiences in Kassel in 2007. Although her art has appeared in influential exhibitions and been included in prestigious contemporary art collections, up until now, she has yet to receive the widespread recognition she deserves. Dziewanska’s book offers distinct perspectives on Bartuszová’s work from renowned international critics in an effort to increase our awareness of her sculptures.

Working alone behind the Iron Curtain, Bartuszová was one of a number of female artists who not only experimented formally and embarked intuitively on new themes, but who, because they were at odds with mainstream modernist trends, remained in isolation or in a marginalized position. Revealing her dynamic treatment of plaster—a material that, from a sculptor’s point of view, is both primitive and common—the book deftly reveals how Bartuszová experimented with materials, never hesitating to treat tradition, accepted norms, and trusted techniques as simply transitory and provisional. Offering a much-needed history of a vibrant body of work, Maria Bartuszová: Provisional Forms is an important contribution to the literature on great female artists.

250 pages | 60 halftones | 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2015

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Table of Contents

1. Exhibition

Marta Dziewańska
Maria: Bartuszová: Provisional Forms

Maja Wirkus

2. Essays

Cabriela Carlatyová
Touch! The Impressed Thought of Maria Bartuszová

Martina Pachmanová
Silence about Feminism and Femininity as an Aesthetic Value: Jindřich Chalupecký’s Post-1968 Art Theory Regarding Women Artists and the “After Modern” Art of Maria Bartuszová

Anke Kempkes
Maria Bartuszová—Pioneer of Form: The Futurism of Women Avant-Cardists

Acata Jakubowska
Alina Szapocznikow and Maria Bartuszová: An Awkward Combination

Briony Fer
Sub-objects and Studiowork: Eva Hesse and Maria Bartuszová

Claudia Calirman
Ruins with No Past, Rubble without History

Christine Macel
Maria Bartuszová: Her Times, Her Age

Amanda Sarroff
Maria Bartuszová: From Dust to Dust

3. Exhibition from the Archives 

Maria Bartuszová: A Biography List of Works and Photo Credits

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