Maria Bartuszová (2022)

ISBN: 9781849766777
Artist(s): Maria Bartuszová
Author(s): Juliet Bingham and Gabriela Garlatyová
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2022
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Total Pages: 192
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated


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This beautiful book on Slovak artist, Maria Bartuszová (1936–1996) will introduce readers to the ethereal and other-worldly forms that dominate her oeuvre as well as exploring her influence in a broader global and political context. Discovering her talent in Prague in the ceramic studios at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Bartuszová went on to pioneer the techniques used in experimental and abstract plaster casting. Creating unique methods such as ‘gravistimulated’ and ‘pneumatic’ casting, Bartuszová defined the world of sculpture on her own terms. From rain drops and eggs, to parts of the human body, Bartuszová was interested biomorphology and how she could use the organic nature of casting in plaster to create simultaneously solid and delicate works. With around 80 works, the exhibtion will highlight the abstract sculptures and experimental methods of Bartuszová’s beautifully contorted and organic shapes and forms, with this exquistite and accessible catalogue bringing her work to a wider audience. Exploring what it means to work in isolation, under an oppressive regime, this book is a timely exploration of how solitude can allow for human expression and a deeper connection to the living, breathing world around us. Celebrating the fragile and corporeal, the soft and the solid; this book will provide the perfect introduction to the artist followed by seminal texts to recognise the artist’s legacy of experimental and abstract sculptural works produced predominantly in the context of socialist Czechoslovakia.


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