Charlotte West
Unit Editions, London, 2011, English
Nonfiction, Graphic Design
6 x 9 inches, paperback, 64 pages
ISBN: 9780956207142
Suggested Retail Price: $24.00

From the Publisher. Formed in 1955, Projekt magazine was one of the few publications to showcase the art and design of not only work from behind the Iron Curtain, but also from the West. Particularly striking were its visually rich covers, many of them created by members of the famous Polish Poster School—among them Henryk Tomaszewski, Józef Mroszczak, and Jan Lenica. This book tells the story of Projekt’s tortuous history as it struggled to survive against the backdrop of Soviet domination. As a satellite state of the Soviet Union, Poland was subject to censorship and repression, and Polish artists and designers were expected to adhere to the official Soviet artform of Social Realism. But Poland has a long history of rebellion and opposition, and this contrarian spirit can be seen in the pages and covers of Projekt.

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