Alina Szapocznikow: To Exalt the Ephemeral 1962-1972
Margot Norton, Pavel S. Pyś
Hauser & Wirth Publishers, 2020
Tracing a body of work by Alina Szapocznikow from 1962 to 1972, this book considers pivotal turning points in the Polish artist’s life and career. It considers her experimental approach to materials, ranging from plaster and bronze, to her groundbreaking use of polyester resin in the mid-1960s. Szapocznikow’s oeuvre maps her engagement with the human form, using body casting and particularly through the lens of her own body as it transformed from healthy to ailing. Featuring new photography, the publication aims to render the tactility and spatiality of these works in brilliant new detail.