Gorgona at Frank Elbaz, Paris

well executed exhibit/works! m.

Artists: Julije Knifer, Mangelos, Josip Vanista
Venue: Frank Elbaz, Paris
Exhibition Title: Gorgona

“The works making up this exhibition at Galerie Frank Elbaz spotlight a distinctive avant-garde within the Croatian and European context during the second half of the 20th century.

Gorgona was no conventional group of artists. In Zagreb in the late 1950s the painters Julije Knifer, Marijan Jevsovar, Duro Seder and Josip Vanista used to get together regularly with sculptor Ivan Kozaric, architect Miljenko Horvat and art historians Dimitrije Basicevic Mangelos, Matko Mestrovic and Radoslav Putar. They organised exhibitions in the Studio G framing shop and published the anti- magazine Gorgona between 1961 and 1966: each of these eleven publications was designed by an artist as a work in its own right. The group never issued a manifesto: its unity hinged on a shared state of mind that allowed each member full freedom to pursue his own artistic and/or theoretical activities while still contributing to the group’s activities. Naturally enough, the ongoing intellectual interplay had a marked influence, and in their work the three strongest personalities, Vanista, Knifer and Mangelos, bear witness to this, each in his own way.”

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