Struggle: The Art of Szukalski
Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) was a one-of-a-kind artists who possess a great talent but do not achieve fame that would be congruent to that talent. Due to geopolitical upheavals in his native and Poland a large proportion of his work was destroyed. Yet thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated art patrons art critics, and personal acquaintances, the work of Szukalski is being re-evaluated and actually shown to the public. This book which will act as a catalogue for a show of Szukalski's work at the Laguna Art Museum is the first critical view of his work to come out since 1923. His life and work are examined in a 60 page illustrated essay by Eva & Donat Kirsch, placing them in historical and art history context, followed by a selection of works with commentary by the artist. That commentary gives a first view of the artists idiosyncratic ideology that is explained in more detail in the last part of the book, 'Zermatism.'