Josip Vaništa edition; Miljenko Horvat, Gorgona No. 7
Screenprinted cover and two gelatin silver prints.
This edition of Gorgona contains 2 original (anti)photographs taken in Denmark.
Photographs are identical, presenting two different stages of photographic development.
A photograph of the lighthouse and the dead seagull from Skagen, which Miljenko Horvat shot in 1963, during his visit to the further most north point of Denmark, was sent to Josip Vaništa and used as a photo-contribution to the anti-magazine Gorgona no. 7 from 1965. This enigmatic, but almost emblematic image contains within itself the basic principle of not only Gorgonian photography, but also of Horvat's personal approach to the medium. And this is firstly a thought, and only far after it an actual photograph of the seaside with a lighthouse and a dead seagull. The photograph unambiguously has the built-in component of the "mysterious reality". Source: Želimir Koščević.
In December 2011 featured at New York's MOMA (The new art practice - Scenes from Zagreb).
Very rare. Copy 10/100.
21 x 19 cm
The Gorgona Group was a Croatian avant-garde art group which consisted of artists and art historians: Dimitrije Bašičević-Mangelos, Miljenko Horvat, Marijan Jevšovar, Julije Knifer, Ivan Kožarić, Matko Meštrović, Radoslav Putar, Đuro Seder, Josip Vaništa, operated along the lines of anti-art in Zagreb between 1959 and 1966. Beside individual works linked to traditional techniques, the members proposed different concepts and forms of artistic communication and published the anti-magazine Gorgona - 11 issues.
Autor: Miljenko Horvat
Izdavač: Josip Janišta