LOVELY, HUMAN, TRUE, HEARTFELT. THE LETTERS OF ALINA SZAPOCZNIKOW & RYSZARD STANISŁAWSKI, 1948–71 :: Red. Agata Jakubowska / Katarzyna Szotkowska-Beylin

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Although she is only now just coming into much deserved global renown as the woman behind "Awkward Objects," one of ArtForum's Best of 2012, the Polish sculptor Alina Szapocznikow has long been recognized in her country as one of the most accomplished female artists of the twentieth century
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Collected in this volume for the first time are Szapocznikow’s letters to and from the art critic and former director of the Lódz Museum of Art Ryszard Stanislawski, which span from the inception of their relationship through their marriage and divorce. Lovely, Human, True, Heartfelt documents Szapocznikow’s artistic process and inspirations and is a rare window through which to view the complex internal life of Szapocznikow as an artist, Holocaust survivor, and woman. For art historians and  enthusiasts, this correspondence offers an important context for understanding Szapocznikow’s often enigmatic work and id a
fascinating look at the recovery of the artistic community in Europe after World War II.

The previously unpublished correspondence between one of the great women artists of the twentieth century and an eminent critic and museum director, these letters document the encounter of two Poles, Alina Szapocznikow and Ryszard Stanisławski, in a Europe still in the aftermath of the Second World War.

The letters bear witness to Szapocznikow’s artistic path, offering a rare window into her own work, as she was always reluctant to speak of herself and a traumatic past. They also yield a rich portrait, both complex and intimate, of their love, marriage, and friendship, in an epistolary romance penned with true literary flair. The letters are accompanied by comprehensive notes that illuminate their political and artistic context and impart further information on the lives of their authors and protagonists.

Life is short, is lovely, as long as it can be sincere, true, and strong, not sugary sentimental. Flowers are a miracle of nature and a joy to humanity. Although of course everything is a miracle of nature. The strongest word in your letter is “damned.” It was only then that I really felt how damned much you love me, and you don’t have to be sorry for that. - fragment

AUTOR/ZY | AUTHOR/SAlina Szapocznikow / Ryszard Stanisławski
REDAKCJA | EDITINGAgata Jakubowska / Katarzyna Szotkowska-Beylin
WYDAWCA | PUBLISHERMuzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej
SERIA WYDAWNICZA |PUBLISHING SERIESMuzeum w budowie
MIEJSCE I ROK WYDANIA | PLACE & YEAR OF EDITIONWarszawa | 2012
OPRAWA I LICZBA STRON | COVER & NUMBER OF PAGESMiękka | 380
WERSJA JĘZYKOWA | LANGUAGE VERSIONENG
ISBN / ISSN978-8393381869