Very Good. Item #6186
Text on poster: Jazz jamboree ’73 // XVI Miȩdzynarodowy Festiwal Jazzowy // Warszawa // 25-28 października 1973 // 16th International Jazz Festival // Warsaw // October 25-28, 1973. Date: 1973. Height x width: 97cm x 67cm. Printing information:. lower left corner: WAG logo; lower right corner: RSW „Prasa-Książka-Ruch” PZGraf. w Łodź, Z. 1166/73, R-61 3691, 5550 egz. Condition: 7 brown smudges in lower right quadrant; 6 small tears (0.5cm) and adjacent curls on left vertical edge; Small closed tears and two longer (2-3 cm) closed tears at top edge; Upper right corner incompletely torn off, but no paper missing, now flattened into place; Very small tears and curled segment at top of right vertical edge.
Maciej Jerzy Zdzieblan-Urbaniec was a graphic designer and professor at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied in the 1950s. His work appeared largely in posters and book design.
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.