Pravoslav Sovak is a renowned graphic artist, his inimitable technical skill matched by a keen eye for critiquing both self and society. Over the years, he has turned his hand to a wide variety of subjects, from travel and the experience of nature to the cold sterility of mass media society and even his own life story. Sovak excels in photographic etching, further embellishing his images through the use of watercolor and collage. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Kunsthalle Mannheim marking the ninetieth anniversary of Sovak’s birth, Sovak. Clear Vision(s) offers a comprehensive catalog of his work from 1994 to the present. Bringing together more than one hundred images from among his complete body of work, the book establishes him as a key proponent of postmodernism, with a predilection for clear, minimalist forms arranged as though within a grid. The book also showcases Sovak’s continual drive for experimentation and the diverse techniques he expertly employed, including the difficult and nearly forgotten process of photogravure. Sovak’s pieces continue to be widely sought, with works in the collections of many museums, including the British Museum, London; the Albertina, Austria; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and this book brings his groundbreaking graphic designs to a wider audience than ever before.
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About the Author
Ulrike Lorenz is director of the Kunsthalle Mannheim, a museum of modern and contemporary art.