Very Good. Item #6169
Text on poster: Jazz Jamboree ‘75 // 18 Miȩdzynarodowy Festiwal Jazzowy // Warszawa 23-26 października 1975 // 18th International Jazz Festival // Warsaw October, 23-26, 1975 // PSJ+trumpet logo. Date: 1975. Height x width: 66cm x 97cm (26” x 38.25”). Printing information: lower left corner: logo of KAW; lower right corner: Druk PZG RSW „Prasa-Książka-Ruch” Ktw. zam. 3200/75 — T 05 —5.000 400. Condition: Closed tears of 2.5cm upper left corner and 3cm upper left vertical edge; Two closed tears of less than 1cm each left vertical edge; Closed tear of 1cm bottom edge; Button-sized scrape of black background color lower right quadrant; Faint glue rippling from previous mounting lower right quadrant.
Czerniawski studied at the State College of Plastic Arts in Wrocław. His work in graphics, illustration, painting, and stage design brought him into close association with the Polish counter-culture movements of the 1970s, and he would eventually receive multiple awards in Poland and the United States for his posters.
What is now seen as the height of Poland’s poster creativity was a paradoxical by-product of the height of Communist Party control over public messaging related to the arts and cultural endeavors from the mid-1940s to almost the end of the century. What had been, before the war, and dating back as early as the mid-19th century, florid and often text-heavy formats, where fonts and textual layout bore a predominant or equal burden with imagery in conveying information, yielded in the five decades after World War II to the primacy of the image on its own. Visuals became mischievous, allegorical, satiric, and parabolic, and so fantastically creative that they could make innumerable apolitical or counterpolitical appeals while eluding the specific controls of verbal censorship.