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LADISLAV SUTNAR (1897-1976)
ZIJEME / [WE LIVE.] Group of 20 issues. 1931-1932.
Each approximately 10x7 inches, 25 1/2x17 3/4 cm. Druzstevni Prace, Prague. Condition varies, generally A- / B+.
A complete two-year run of this lifestyle magazine. Among the artists whose work is featured, both written and visual, are Josef Sudek, Jaromir Funke, Alexander Hackenschmied, Karel Teige, Vladimir Krejcar, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Max Ernst and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Sutnar, as Artistic Director of Druzstevni Prace, was responsible for the artistic design of this magazine, the covers of which are all like mini posters. Following Karel Teige's belief that "the cover was an advertisement for the book . . . and to make this desirable poster-like balance as strong an impact as possible [the artist must choose] primary colors and geometric shapes," Sutnar added his own elements of photomontage and typography to Teige's concept of cover design (Oxford, p. 59). His aesthetic helped to further promote Functionalist design into mainstream society. These issues frequently appear bound together; it is rare to find them loose, as issued. Berman / Juan March p. 144, Page Design p. 189, Modernism p. 274, Witkovsky pl. 42, Sutnar p. 64. Images available upon request.