In Celebrating Print, Fantasies Triggered Our Imagination

January 16, 2014

When I met New York print collector Marvin Bolotsky and learned about his vast collection of Central and Eastern European prints, I did not hesitate to offer a collaboration to exhibit Czech and Slovak prints at the BBLA Gallery. The two months of preparation gave me a wonderful opportunity to examine each and every one of the 58 works created by 27 artists. Being a printmaker myself, I was intrigued by the remarkable command of technique and diversity of narrative centered on human figure. The narratives present in all exhibited works told compelling stories, visual representations of events from the past or present (Czech Karel Demel’s Salome, Canadian-Czech James Janicek’s Isaac and Abraham, Czech Adolf Born’s Colombina or Czech Jan Hisek’s John’s Apparition). Many used humor, wit, irony, and puns in various ways, expressing notions about the absurdity of the world, politics and human nature.

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