Projekt: The Polish journal of visual art and design
By Charlotte West and Edgar Bąk
Edited by Adrian Shaughnessy
Published by Unit Editions, Unit 05
Published in December 2011
Polish posters, and Polish graphic arts in general, from the middle years of the 20th century, stand as vivid exemplars of the power of visual expression.
Formed in 1955, Projekt magazine was one of the few publications to showcase the art and design of not only work from behind the Iron Curtain, but also of the West. Particularly striking were its visually rich covers, many of them created by members of the famous Polish Poster School – amongst them Henryk Tomaszewski, Józef Mroszczak and Jan Lenica.
This book tells the story of Projekt’s tortuous history as it struggled to survive against the backdrop of Soviet domination. As a satellite state of the Soviet Union, Poland was subject to censorship and repression, and Polish artists and designers were expected to adhere to the official Soviet artform of Social Realism. But Poland has a long history of rebellion and opposition, and this contrarian spirit can be seen in the pages and covers of Projekt.
Here, for the first time in book form, is an analysis and appreciation of this heroic journal. Design writer Charlotte West and Polish graphic designer, Edgar Bąk show how Projekt can sit alongside any of the great design and art magazines of the past half-century. Projekt: The Polish journal of visual art and design is an important addition to design scholarship, and the appreciation of Polish visual art and design.
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