Chicago Institute of Arts
Jindrich Heisler: Surrealism under Pressure, 1938–53
Jindrich Heisler: Surrealism under Pressure, 1938–1953 Published by The Art Institute of Chicago in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name. Essays by Matthew Witkovsky, Jindrich Toman and Annie Le Brun.
Czech poet and photographer Jindrïch Heisler (1914–1953) joined the Czechoslovak Surrrealist Group in 1938, just as Nazi occupation of the country was driving the movement and Czech artists underground. Heisler published his first book of poetry a year later. In his brief and courageous career—Heisler died suddenly at the age of thirty-eight—he produced some of the most remarkable assemblage work of the Surrealist movement, including what is arguably the most important photobook produced in the twentieth century, From the Strongholds of Sleep (1940), which is reproduced in its entirety in this publication.
This fully illustrated volume—with images of Heisler’s photographs and assemblage pieces—introduces English-speaking audiences to his work and offers in-depth analysis of his postwar years in Paris in the company of André Breton, Benjamin Péret, his fellow Czech emigré Toyen, and other major figures of the Surrealist movement.
Hardbound with jacket. 10 × 8 inches 25.5 × 20.32 cm] 144 pages. Printed in Canada ISBN: 978-0-300-17969-9