Maria Bartuszová studio, c.1975 (fig.2)
Exhibition Hall of the Union of Slovak Visual Artists, Hlavná 30, Košice 1988 (fig.6)
Fig. 12
Maria Bartuszová, Folded Figure, 1965 (fig. 13)
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Maria Bartuszová

Maria Bartuszová

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This exhibition book on Slovak artist Maria Bartuszová (1936–1996) introduces readers to the ethereal and other-worldly forms that dominate her oeuvre and explores her influence in a broader global and political context. Bartuszová pioneered the techniques used in an experimental and abstract plaster casting. Creating unique methods such as ‘gravistimulated’ and ‘pneumatic’ casting, she defined the world of sculpture on her own terms. From raindrops and eggs to parts of the human body, Bartuszová was interested biomorphology and how she could use the organic nature of casting in plaster to create simultaneously solid and delicate works.

Celebrating the fragile and corporeal, the soft and the solid, this book provides the perfect introduction to the artist. The cover is screen printed in a texture reminiscent of the whitewash of the sculptures on a textured green paper, which speaks of her connection with nature. The layout of the text echoes the act of ‘push and pull’ in the artist’s work, in which she juxtaposes soft, delicate forms with the forceful intervention of metal or wood. The rough string against the billowing forms creates beautiful tension. The design reflects this contrast in how images clash with the text columns. The typeface is delicate yet willful and determined with strong character.

Publisher: Tate Publishing
Contributors: Gabriela Garlatyová, Marie Klimešová, Harald Krejci, Lucia Gregorová Stach and Lisa Le Feuvre.

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Maria Bartuszová, Untitled, 1986. Plaster and string, 15 x 22 x 15.5 cm (5 7/8 x 8 5/8 x 6 1/8 in)
Courtesy: The Estate of Maria Bartuszová, Košice, and Alison Jacques, London
© The Archive of Maria Bartuszová, Košice; photo: Michael Brzezinski
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Untitled, 1973-75
Courtesy: The Estate of Maria Bartuszová, Košice, and Alison Jacques, London
© The Archive of Maria Bartuszová, Košice; photo: Gabriel Bodnár
fig. 2
Maria Bartuszová studio, c.1975
Courtesy: The Estate of Maria Bartuszová, Košice, and Alison Jacques, London
© Gabriel Kladek
fig. 6
Exhibition Hall of the Union of Slovak Visual Artists, Hlavná 30, Košice 1988
Courtesy: The Estate of Maria Bartuszová, Košice, and Alison Jacques, London
© The Archive of Maria Bartuszová, Košice; photo: Kamila Varga
fig. 12
First and Second Sculpture Symposium at the Primary School for Blind and Partially Sighted Children, in Cooperation with Gabriel Kladek, November 1976 and June 1983, Levoča, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
Courtesy: The Estate of Maria Bartuszová, Košice, and Alison Jacques, London
© Gabriel Kladek
fig. 13
Maria Bartuszová, Folded Figure, 1965. Plaster, 15 x 18 x 24 cm (5 7/8 x 7 1/8 x 9 1/2 in)
Courtesy: The Estate of Maria Bartuszová, Košice, and Alison Jacques, London
© Tate
fig. 21
Diagonal sculpture – Melting Snow, courtyard of the Technical University halls of residence, Jedlíkova street, Košice, 1984-9
Courtesy: The Estate of Maria Bartuszová, Košice, and Alison Jacques, London
© The Archive of Maria Bartuszová, Košice
fig. 22
Maria Bartuszová and Juraj Bartusz with Bartuszová’s aluminium reliefs in the garden by the studio in Vnútorný Červený breh in Košice, Slovakia, c.1972
Courtesy: The Estate of Maria Bartuszová, Košice, and Alison Jacques, London
© The Archive of Maria Bartuszová, Košice; photo: Zdeněk Smieško