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Fangor’s Hidden Faces
November 25, 2011   
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Wojciech Fangor, born in 1922, is best known as one of Poland’s most prominent living painters—one of the great talents who arrived on the scene in the aftermath of World War II.

Fangor is an artist with many facets and has often changed style to produce both figurative and abstract paintings. Less well known is the fact that he also created some 100 posters back in the 1950s. These range from work with political and social themes to film posters. The exhibition now showing at Galeria Test mainly focuses on this somewhat forgotten side of Fangor. Some 50 of his posters, taken from the Piotr D±browski collection—the largest private collection of Polish poster art in the world—are now on display. Fangor’s designs are stylistically varied, covering socialist realism prints, free-form figurative painting compositions, and synthetic graphics works that utilize, and are sometimes based on, photography.

“After Henryk Tomaszewski, Tadeusz Trepkowski and Eryk Lipiński, Fangor’s work is recognized by critics as being the most crucial to setting up the Polish School of Posters—a revolutionary artistic paradigm shift in modern poster thought during the latter half of the last century,” says D±browski.

Fangor’s collaborations with his contemporaries, such as Henryk Tomaszewski (Amigo, Let’s Preserve Cultural Monuments, May 1 Room), Wojciech Zamecznik (Suing the City), and Jerzy Tchórzewski (Fifth International Youth and Student Festival), are especially interesting. These works include fascinating examples of how artistic approaches were diffused among the foremost designers of Polish posters.

The Posters of Wojciech Fangor
Open until Dec. 9
Tue, Wed & Fri: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thu 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free Admission
Galeria Test
34/50 Marszałkowska St., Warsaw
For more info, call 22 622 66 83 or go to www.galeriatest.pl
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