zagreb: vlastita naklada, 1964. First edition. 16 x 16 cm (6.3 x 6.3") softcover 22-panel leporello housed in cardstock covers silk screened in black on one side, with one additional page letter pressed in black affixed to inside cover. Text in Serbo-Croatian and Italian. Unpaginated [24 pp.] Inscribed and signed by the artist.
Issue no. 4 of the art publication 'edition a' by Ivan Picelj, a founding member of the New Tendencies movement formed in the early 1960s in Zagreb, former Yugoslavia. Consisting of a 22-panel leporello artists’ book which extends in width to over 170 cm (66"). Each panel with a unique abstract geometric kinetic composition confined within a circle. First page includes a concrete poem by Italian artist and concrete poet Carlo Belloli dedicated to artist highlighting the allure of Picelj’s kinetic art expressions. An impressive artists’ book both in terms of its kinetic characteristics and its sheer physical width when unfolded. This example inscribed and signed in ink by the artist at inside left cover. Published by Vlastita Naklada and serigraph printed by Brano Horvat. The imprint was founded by Ivan Picelj and published several other artists from the New Tendencies movement, including Victor Vasarely, Vjenceslav Richter, Dimitrije Basicevi Managelos, and Getulio Alviani. Seven titles were issued in total between 1962–1964, all with the same lowercase letter a on the cover, but in varying cover colors. Constraint is a magical construct. Scarce.
Very good with scuffing and bumps to covers, small fold lines along left edge of first panel, including offset rubbing at inside rear cover on account of the thick ink, and trace amounts of age toning throughout. Item #971