Very Good. Item #6167
Text on poster: Cepelia. Date: 1970s presumed. Height x width: 98cm x 67cm. Printing information: lower left corner: logos of KAW and WAG; PZGraf. BYDG. zam. 2389/74[?]. nakł. 10000 400 + 100, W-82. Condition: ~4 closed tears (0.5cm-1cm) at bottom edge, crumpling (now flattened) in upper right corner, 2 faint damp stains on right vertical edge.
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.