Julije Knifer, Gorgona artists group. Gorgona no. 2. 1961

Julije Knifer, Gorgona artists group Gorgona no. 2 1961

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Active from 1959 to 1966 in Zagreb, the Gorgona group engaged in process-directed exercises, games, gatherings, and walks. From 1961 to 1966 Gorgona also published eleven issues of the "antimagazine" Gorgona. Unlike other art periodicals, it did not offer content such as scholarly essays or reproductions of art; instead, each issue was prepared as an original artwork by a single artist. Josip Vaništa, the group's founder, conceived the first issue, which consisted of the same photograph of an empty shop window reproduced on each of its nine pages; Julije Knifer designed the second issue, with a serpentine black-and-white geometric shape (which he called a "meander") printed on interior pages connected in a continuous loop, instead of bound. British playwright Harold Pinter turned Gorgona no. 8 into a literary issue, and Swiss artist Dieter Roth made original drawings for no. 9. Mangelos's proposal for an immaterial issue remains unrealized.

Gallery label from Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016.
Medium
Periodical with screenprinted cover and screenprinted insert
Dimensions
page (each): 8 1/4 x 7 9/16" (21 x 19.2 cm)
Publisher
Julije Knifer
Edition
300
Credit
Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund
Object number
122.2012.2a-b
Copyright
© 2019 Julije Knifer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Drawings and Prints

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