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The Politics of Paintings

Rafal Bujnowski
Selected Works from 1999-2013
This is an Album of works by Rafal Buj­now­ski – one of the most impor­tant and recognizable contemporary Polish pain­ters.

More than 130 pain­tings and other works selec­ted from 15 years of artistic prac­tice, reproduced carefully and accom­panied by short, per­sonal com­ments made by art critics, curators, col­lec­tors and artists. Bujnowski’s works are com­men­ted by Christian Boros, Adam Budak, Marek Krajew­ski, Marcin Maciejowski, Lynda Morris, Joanna Myt­kow­ska, Maria Anna Potocka, Monika Szew­czyk and many more.

The title of the present book – The Politics of Pain­tings – per­tains to the mul­tiple and mul­tidimen­sional painterly strategies the artist uses, and above all, to a dilemma with which Buj­now­ski con­tinually grap­ples: To what extent can a painter’s work be verified by criteria beyond those of art?

The first work featured in the book is an iconic work of Buj­now­ski, “Selfportrait” pain­ted in 2004 – the artist enclosed its photograph as his official photo in the U.S.A. visa application form. “Selfportrait” shows that Bujnowski’s pain­ting method is unique and com­bines both elaborate formal effects and a distur­bin­gly non- neutral political aura.

Language: English