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Jiří Kolář

Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

Jiří Kolář’s collages, the artist explains in his Dictionary of Methods, “are made to be laid out flat, to be seen from all angles.” But, he adds with typical true-false naiveté, “they can also be hung.” The fifty-odd works in this exhibit are indeed hung, but they have been guaranteed a horizontal existence as well, figuring as they do among the 110 collages in the recently published French translation of the Dictionary of Methods (written in French in 1983 and already translated into English, German, and Italian) True to its title, the Dictionary consists of 118 alphabetical entries, from “Agit-Prop” to “Voiles” (Veils) which offer technico-philosophical commentaries on the various categories and subcategories of collages that Kolář has invented over the last forty years.

By virtue of proximity—entry on one page, collage facing—the collages could be said to illustrate the text. But the

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