BURY, POL. Eugene Ionesco et al: POL BURY. Ministere De La Culture De Belgique, 1977. Inscribed by Bury.

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POL BURY

Eugene Ionesco et al

Eugene Ionesco et al: POL BURY. Brussels: Ministere De La Culture De Belgique, 1977. First edition. Texts in French, English, and Spanish. Quarto. Photo illustrated thick wrappers. 72 pp. 8 color plates and 35 black and white illustrations. INSCRIBED by Pol Bury on title page. Circular gallery emboss to front free endpaper. Wrappers lightly worn. A nearly fine copy.

INSCRIBED by Pol Bury: “For the Ravel Gallery / Souvenir of Pol Bury / April 21st 1978.”

6.75 x 9 softcover catalog with 72 pages and 8 color plates and 35 black and white illustrations. A government-sponsored touring exhibition of works by the Belgian kinetic artist Pol Bury, with venues in Latin America, the United States, and Canada. "Cette exposition est organisee par le Service de la Diffusion des arts du Ministere de la Culture de Belgique. Commissaire: F. de Lulle." Texts by an impressive roster of writers: Eugene Ionesco, Roberto Guevara, Jose de Castro Arines, Dore Ashton, John Canaday, Andre Balthazar, Jacques Dupin, and Jean Tardieu.

Pol Bury (1922 - 2005) was a Belgian kinetic artist, painter and film-maker, born in Haine-Saint-Pierre. After studying briefly at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Mons 1938-9, he frequented the circle of Surrealist poets at La Louvière and was influenced by the paintings of Magritte and Tanguy. His own painting largely interrupted from 1940 to 1945. Represented in the Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme in Brussels 1945. Painted geometrical abstract pictures 1949-53 and was associated with the COBRA group 1949-51, but in 1953 started to make 'plans mobiles' of painted shapes which could be pivoted manually on their axis. First principal one-man exhibition at the Galerie Apollo, Brussels, 1953. Gave up painting in 1953 and experimented with various types of kinetic works, introducing motors in 1957 and making the parts move with an almost imperceptible but jerky slowness, and in a random way. Moved to France in 1961 (first Fontenay-aux-Roses, then Saulx-les-Chartreux), and since 1964 has frequently visited the USA. His later works also include cinetizations of photographs and engravings, a few large-scale sculptures such as '25 Tons of Columns' and several films.

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