was a major figure in the Czech avant-garde; a writer, designer, typographer and collagist.
He was a member of Devětsil
and later joined the Prague Surrealist group with Toyen
and Jindrich Styrsky
Here are some of his Book Covers
of the 1920- and 1930's and 1926 he made ABECEDA
with each letter posed by the dancer Milca Mayerová.
Here is a video reconstruction
of the dance moves.
Teige died in 1951 of a heart attack, said to be a result of a ferocious Soviet press campaign against him as a 'Trotskyite degenerate,' his papers were destroyed by the secret police, and his published work was suppressed for decades.
The Central European Review
has some articles on his work.
posted by adamvasco
on May 9, 2012 -
Kiki de Montparnasse
aka Alice Ernestine Prin
was a French country girl down on her luck in early 20th century Paris. She would however become a great muse of the avant-garde art scene of the Années Folles
, posing for and befriending the likes of Chaim Soutine
, Moise Kisling
, Amedeo Modigliani
, Per Krogh
, and, most famously, Man Ray
, with whom he entertained a steady (if not particularly monogamous) relationship before Lee Miller
. During their tumultuous eight-year romance, Kiki was the model for several of his most famous works
(with some Surrealist art films
thrown in for good measure).
She also competed with Jean Cocteau
for the affections of sailors in Southern France, was a good friend of Tristan Tzara
and received letters of support of Aragon
when she was jailed for public disorder.
A life of excess that ultimately led to her early death in destitution in 1953 also provided stuff for several biographies
(the latest one, appropriately enough, a graphic novel), as well as a Hemingway
which was banned for obscenity in the US until the '70s, and the odd art exhibition
posted by Skeptic
on Mar 30, 2007 -