1975. Very Good. Item #6174
Text on poster: Polskie Stowarzyszenie Jazzowe Oddzial w Krakowie + trumpet logo // 20 Krakowski Festiwal Jazzowy // 27-28.X.1975 // Parady Orkiestr 1899 // + 18 caricatural icons (à la R. Crumb) of American jazz influences, each labeled with year dates, artist names, and American jazz culture terminology. Note that the caricatures, although created in admiration, use imagistic stereotypes now considered culturally unacceptable and offensive in the United States. Date: 1975 (for festival), 1972 (for artists’ work). Height x width: 98cm x 67cm. Printing information: lower left corner: Drukarnia Narodowa, zam. 514/75. 2000. Z-30-6642. Condition: ~6 small (0.5cm-1cm) closed vertical tears at bottom edge and some minor crumpling, now flattened.
Lutczyn was known chiefly for his satirical drawings, caricatures, and illustrations for children and adults, which appeared widely in periodicals and on the television program “Boutique.” Recipient of many awards for his graphic work, he initially studied at the Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza/AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.
Jerzy Marek Trzeciak worked most notably as a scenic designer for film and television in the 1980s and 1990s.
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.