Paul Piech: ‘expressing pity with a knife’

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The artist as political/poetical campaigner. (When I typed political it came out wrong and predictive software suggested poetical, which I think suitable in this case.) Piech was born in the US and died in Wales, UK (1920-1996). The illustrations here are taken from Penrose of 1976 and show the man’s creativity in linocut, with free lettering. His press, his private press, was called the Taurus Press. The poster on Nixon is a masterpiece – the man holds a microphone as if a sceptre, the ’emperor’ laid bare from his wire-tapping (Watergate). Piech worked quickly, hence the spelling mistake (last line), yet there is energy here, and we will do well to remember that.

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2 replies on “Paul Piech: ‘expressing pity with a knife’”

Linocut, so that means he did it mirror-imaged, right? That, and his speed, may explain the back-slant to his lettering? also the mis-spelling? I really like the text of the Public Library poster. (HA! How do you spell mis-spelling?)

This is true. The Penrose article from which the illustrations are taken says of Piech: ‘..there is no preliminary design of the letter shapes…he creates the letter in the act of cutting’.

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