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Title :

Staging language : Milca Mayerova and the Czech book Alphabet

Author :
WITKOVSKY, Matthew S. ;
Publication year :
2004
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Celebrated in histories of Czech modernism, the 1926 book Alphabet has received little sustained attention. Structured as a mock syllabary, Alphabet thematizes the pedagogical zeal of the historical avant-gardes and simultaneously discloses the avant-garde resistance to legibility through its emphasis on 'letters as such.' Milca Mayerova enacted that exemplary paradox forcefully with her impersonation of letters in dance. Yet her poses failed to read as letters except when printed photographically alongside the book's text and typography. That insufficiency is theorized here as a critique of autonomous language, the masculinist ideal that motivated Mayerova's mentor and coauthors. <The book consists of a series of rhymed quatrains by Devòtsil poet Vitòzslav Nezval. Facing each set of verses is a constructivist photomontage layout by Karel Teige developed around photographs of Mayerova>. ;
Pagination/Size :
16 ill. (1 col.) ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Abeceda ; Alphabet ; Constructivisme ; Danse ; Devòtsil (groupe d'artistes) ; Groupes et Sociétés d'artistes ; Iconographie ; Illustration ; Livre ; Mayerova, Milca, 1901-1977 ; Nezval, V~tòzslav, 1900-1958 ; Photomontage ; Poésie ; République tchèque ; Teige, Karel, 1900-1951 ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Abeceda ; Alphabets ; Artists' groups and associations ; Books ; Constructivism ; Czech Republic ; Dance ; Devòtsil (artists' group) ; Iconography ; Illustration ; Mayerova, Milca, 1901-1977 ; Nezval, V~tòzslav, 1900-1958 ; Photomontage ; Poetry ; Teige, Karel, 1900-1951 ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
The Art bulletin (New York, N.Y.), 2004, 86, 1, Mar
INIST identifier :
24876463 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0004-3079 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
College Art Association of America., New York, NY
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;