Very Good. Item #6188
Text on poster: Louis Satchmo Armstrong // P[olskie] S[towarzyszenie] J[azzowe] with trumpet logo // 1900-1971. Date: 1975. Height x width: 95.5cm x 67cm. Printing information: lower left corner: logos of KAW and WAG. Condition: No visual flaws.
Walicki studied at the College of Fine Arts in Łódź, and became professor at the College of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, eventually serving there as head of various departments associated with painting, drawing, and graphic 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.