New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1985. 1st Edition. Small slim folio, publisher's stapled illustrated paper wraps.
MoMA exhibition catalog for the first major US show of film and theater posters by Polish graphic artist and set designer Starowieyski (April 11 - June 4, 1985). "Despite the variety of films and plays for which they were commissioned, Starowieyski's posters exhibit a singularity of theme. Their unity stems from a preoccupation with monstrosity and from a style owing its main features to Renaissance drawing. His renditions of the grotesque are all the more disconcerting in view of the skill and care with which they are executed" (from the introduction by New Yorker art citic Robert Coates). The upper wrap indicates the year of the exhibition as 1685, rather than 1985. Starowieyski was in the habit of deliberately misdating his works, drawing out the connections between them and those of the 17th-century Dutch, Italian and German masters from whom he took inspiration. Illustrated with several black-and-white and color reproductions, and with an essay by the artist, and exhibition checklist. Original MoMA price sticker to lower wrap, lightest edgewear. Near fine. Item #550