The Czech-American designer Ladislav Sutnar [1897—1976] created many internationally-acclaimed design icons. At the age of 65, he delved into painting. The book traces Sutnar’s artwork produced in the United States and the unique artistic career of Sutnar as a painter. Sutnar called these works Venus and exhibited them under the label Joy-Art. In this art manifesto, he formulated his concept of art for the 21st century – as vigorous, humanistic and joyful. His geometric figures rendered in contrasting colours reflect American painting of the time, namely Pop Art.
This book was published by the Arbor vitae in collaboration with UPM to accompany the exhibition held in the small hall of Rudolfinum Gallery from June 29 to September 19, 2011.
editor: Iva Knobloch
texts: Karel Císař, Magdaléna Juříková, Iva Knobloch, Tomáš Pospiszyl
edition: Czech with English summary
graphic design: Štěpán Malovec
format: 22 x 19 cm, soft cover