THE POLITICS OF PAINTINGS.<br>Selected works from 1999-2013

Album of works by Rafal Buj­now­ski – one of the most impor­tant and recognizable contemporary Polish pain­ters. More than 130 pain­tings and other works selec­ted from 15 years of artistic prac­tice, reproduced carefully and accom­panied by short, per­sonal com­ments made by art critics, curators, col­lec­tors and artists. Bujnowski’s works are com­men­ted by Christian Boros, Adam Budak, Marek Krajew­ski, Marcin Maciejowski, Lynda Morris, Joanna Myt­kow­ska, Maria Anna Potocka, Monika Szew­czyk and many more.


The title of the present book – The Politics of Pain­tings – per­tains to the mul­tiple and mul­tidimen­sional painterly strategies the artist uses, and above all, to a dilemma with which Buj­now­ski con­tinually grap­ples: To what extent can a painter’s work be verified by criteria beyond those of art?




The first work featured in the book is an iconic work of Buj­now­ski, “Selfportrait” pain­ted in 2004 – the artist enclosed its photograph as his official photo in the U.S.A. visa application form. “Selfportrait” shows that Bujnowski’s pain­ting method is unique and com­bines both elaborate formal effects and a distur­bin­gly non- neutral political aura.


“The Politics of Paintings” has two lan­guage ver­sions – English and Polish – and two cover types: soft­cover (with three dif­ferent cover images) and hardcover.


Co-​financed by the Ministry of Cul­ture and National Heritage





Rafał Buj­now­ski book

Selected works from 1999-2013

Book concept and structure: Łukasz Gorczyca and Michał Kaczyński

Design: Michał Kaczyński

Editing and editorial texts: Łukasz Gorczyca

232 pages, 225 x 300 mm

Publisher: Raster, Warsaw 2013

ISBN 978-83-938244-7-2 (Polish version)

ISBN 978-83-938244-2-7 (English version)