THEODORE ROSZAK: PHOTOGRAMS
Beth Urdang [essay]: THEODORE ROSZAK: PHOTOGRAMS. New York: Zabriskie Gallery, 1984. First edition [limited to 1,000 copies]. Quarto. Black cloth stamped in white. Photographically printed dust jacket. Publishers acetate cover. 59 pp. 24 numbered black and white photograms and a few additional bw illustrations. A fine copy in publishers acetate sleeve.
9 x 11.5 hardcover book with 59 pp. with 24 numbered black and white photograms [reproduced actual size] and a few additional b/w illustrations. Chronology. This is a first [only] edition of 1000 copies printed in Italy, with text is set in Monotype Gill Sans and printed letterpress, the plates reproduced in fine screen duotone offset. Binding by Legatoria Torriani.
Roszak was a true American original: a Constructivist from Chicago! His sculptures from the 1930s, and his later experiments with Photograms and teaching lead to a favorable comparison to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. If you are unfamiliar with Roszak’s work, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Highly recommended.
Biography excerpted from AskART: Sculptor, lithographer, and painter Theodore Roszak began his career as a painter but is best known for welded sculptures of brass and bronze that are tied to Constructivism and the ideas of the Bauhaus School. His signatures sculptures are pitted and scratched in texture and in style are abstract, often figural, and sometimes surreal in appearance. Some critics have compared them to gestural painting of the Abstract Expressionist painters. His themes combine myth and dismay with the contemporary world . . . First a painter in traditional romantic realism, he was much influenced by his exposure to modern art when he took a trip to Europe, primarily to Prague, in 1929 and 1930. He was particularly impressed by the German Bauhaus theories of integrating the artist and his/her expressions into society through architecture and city planning . . . .
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