Description: gelatin silver print on Baryta paper, 49 x 59 cm
Dimensions: 49 x 59 cm
Artist or Maker: Zbigniew Dlubak (1921 - 2005)
Medium: photography; gelatin silver print on Baryta paper
Notes: signed in pencil on the reverse NOTE: - To this lot we apply Artist's Resale Right (Droit de Suite) fee. Royalties are calculated using a sliding scale of percentages of the hammer price. Existences' is the third important photographic series by Zbigniew Dlubak. Dlubak explained in the interview with Jerzy Wojcik, a few days before the opening of the major individual exhibition titled 'Zbigniew Dlubak - works from 1965 to 1991' in Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw in March 1992: “These are the photos from the series 'Existences'. I have started this series at the beginning of the 50s as the documentation of banality but not only." The series was mostly taken in the studio on Pulawska street. It was taken between 1959 and 1966. 'Existences-Interiors' is the series which in objectified and cold manner depicts the simplest objects and utilities from the artist's studio in Warsaw: a plate, a cardboard, a stove, a radiator. As Piotr Slodkowski explains: “It is significant that Dlubak was creating it [the series] in opposition to informel (“Art Informel", abstract tendencies from the 50s. which aimed to escalate the expressiveness of the painting/image). By multiplication of the images, untypical captures of perspective and uncommonly large close-ups this apparently neutral recording touches upon nature and the boundaries of the medium itself. Even though the artists considered Existences a working piece, it is significant for his later work - some of the photographs were used in his famous 'Iconosphere I' - the monumental photographic installation from 1967."; The chief representative of Polish avant-garde photography. A member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers and Association of Polish Art Photographers since 1948; President of the Association during 1979-82, and honorary member since 1973. One of the founders of the Club of Young Artists and Scientists in Warsaw (1947). A participant of the 1948 Modern Art Exhibition in Krakow. He has worked with a series of galleries throughout the country. One of the founders of the 55 Group. Chief editor of the Fotografia monthly magazine during the years 1953-72. He was a lecturer at the National Film School and the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz during 1966-75. Author of numerous articles and lectures. Awarded with many distinctions, including the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art (1975), National Award of the 1st Order (1979).
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