The artist, poet, theorist and curator Jiří Valoch is one of the most important figures to emerge from the Czech post-war avant-garde, but he did not limit his typographic experiments to the Soviet margins. He played an equally significant role in the shaping of Concrete Poetry in Britain, to which this collection of two homages, dedicated to Signals artists Frank Malina and Jesús Rafael Soto testifies. These featured works are part of a collection of typestracts and manuscripts 1964-8.
homage a soto, 1966
Original typestract featuring a repeating ‘t’ lettered design, black ink on off-white paper, 300 x 210 mm.
homage a frank malina, 1966
Original typestract featuring the letters ‘m’ and ‘f’ repeated to form a densely packed rectangular design, black ink on off-white paper, 300 x 210 mm.