Monday, July 16, 2007

Teige and Studio

Studio, which was published by the tireless Otakar Štorch-Marien, appeared in 1929, filled with glossy stills from films of many countries and articles by a fair assortment of recognizable names. Naturally, Karel Teige wrote at length on film aesthetics (Teige always, it seems, wrote at length, at great length, and at even greater length).
It would appear that Teige got quite a few contributor's copies of the magazine, possibly in lieu of cash since I suppose the practice in paying in copies rather than cash cannot be one that began during my own writing life. In any case, he had spare copies lying about, which he eventually put to good use when he took up collage.

I'm not sure whether there was a second year of Studio. It must have been expensive to produce and once the Depression hit (it hit Czechoslovakia as well as the US), Štorch-Marien began to have trouble keeping his publishing empire afloat. By the mid-1930s he was in bad shape. And that was right around the time Teige became a surrealist and took up collage.

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Blogger Kristen said...

The first photo looks like something Rodchenko would have shot...

July 16, 2007 10:41 PM  

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