Very Good. Item #6170
Text on poster: Old Timers // Polish Jazz Society // P[olskie] S[towarzyszenie] J[azzowe] with trumpet logo. Date: 1970s presumed. Height x width: 96cm x 67.5cm. Printing information:
lower left corner: OZGraf. Lz. 28 nakł. 5000+150 K-1/28; lower right corner: logos of KAW and WAG. Condition: No visual flaws
Primarily a painter, Dzendzel would eventually become head of graphics and design for the Berlin-based Polish-language publishing house Veto Verlag Berlin, where he was lead illustrator for most of its publications.
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.