LOVELY, HUMAN, TRUE, HEARTFELT. THE LETTERS OF ALINA SZAPOCZNIKOW RYSZARD STANISŁAWSKI, 1948–71 Red. Agata Jakubowska / Katarzyna Szotkowska-Beylin
Although she is only now just coming into much deserved global renown as the woman behind Awkward Objects, one of ArtForums 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. 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.