Editors Release WITKACY, A '21st Century Perspective' on the Life & Work of Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
United Kingdom - While many are unaware of him, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz 'Witkacy' (1885-1939) was a prolific Dramatist, Poet, Novelist, Painter, Photographer, Art Theorist and Philosopher; one of the most colourful personalities of twentieth-century Poland. While his work stretches far and wide, a hugely insightful new book provides us with a consideration of Witkacy's artwork, philosophy and theatre together in one definitive collection.
'Witkacy: 21st Century Perspectives' gives a clear picture of exactly what Witkacy strove to achieve during his lifetime. The book's essays and historical accounts were mostly derived from 'Witkacy 2009' and 'Witkacy 2010'; events taking place in London and Washington D.C. respectively .These events also incorporated academic conferences which included presentations made by leading Witkacy scholars. Following the two conferences, the editors have been able to compile a collection of papers which are primarily but not exclusively designed to take a socio-philosophical approach to Witkacy's work.
"In his lifetime, Witkacy completed more than thirty plays, several novels, numerous philosophical works and a large amount of grotesque and surreal poetry. Much of his work concerned itself with political clashes and revolutionary transformation. As a survivor of the Russian revolution events in recent history would not surprise him. " It is further explained; "This diverse collection will appeal to both social scientists and historians who want to experience deeper reflection and more meaningful conjecture and a greater degree of conclusiveness about his work."
Continuing, "The entirety is divided into seven sections; starting with an historical account of the Witkacy movement, followed by a number of essays that concern themselves with Witkacy in the realm of the political. The third section concerns itself with Witkacy and Polish Modernism. Then we are presented with explorations of Witkacy's key concept of the idea of Pure Form. Following this we are offered a series of essays concerned with philosophy, history and politics. The sixth section revolves around questions of identity in Witkacy's work. In the seventh and final section we are presented with two essays which offer us a brief comparative consideration of his work."
However, one of the most celebrated sections of the book is a stunning annex titled 'Witkacy's Portraits and the S?upsk Collection'.
"This section contains thirty-eight full colour portraits that give an excellent overview of Witkacy's work. We were privileged to have the Slupsk Museum permit us include this selection of visual images from the Witkacy Collection," Hayes adds.