Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885–1939): Drawings from the 1930s

February 7 — April 22, 2006

Ubu Gallery presented “Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885–1939): Drawings from the 1930s,” an exhibition of over sixty rare works by one of the most mythical personas to emerge from interwar Europe. An artist, theorist and visionary, Witkiewicz, also known as Witkacy, was a central figure among the Polish intellectual elite of the 1920s and 1930s. He revealed the multiplicity of the human spirit and the flux of the everyday in his unifying concept of “Pure Form.” In all aspects of his life’s work, Witkiewicz championed the individual’s creative spirit within the mechanized world, the latter of which he believed was alienating humanity from the true structure of the universe, in his terms the “Mystery of Existence.” While the artist’s proto-modern, psychological, photographic portraits (a small selection of which also will be on view) are arguably his best-known visual works, Witkiewicz’s drawings offer unique insight into the eccentricities of this tortured and brilliant artist.

RESOURCES
Checklist
Press Release
Announcement (PDF)
Catalogue (complete exhibition / available online only / PDF)

PRESS
The New York Times / Art in Review / March 31, 2006 / Grace Glueck
The Art Newspaper / What’s On / April 2006, Number 168
Artforum Online / New York Critics’ Picks / March 2006 / Kyle Bentley / 1 reproduction
The New York Sun / Calendar / March 1, 2006 / 2 reproductions
Przeglad Polski / “Witkacy na Manhattanie” / February 17, 2006 / Czeslaw Karkowski / 1 reproduction

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FROM THE UBU GALLERY STORE
Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885–1939): Photographien / Photographs
Witkacy: Metaphysical Portraits
Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz: Seven Plays

SELECTED WORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION