First monography of Jonas Mekas’ work in Polish, accompanying the retrospective at the New Horizons International Film Festival 2022.Mekas spoke first person singular in his film and was a virtuoso of home movies. His work relates to meetings and people and teach how to look with caution for ‘glimpses of beauty’, small, easily disregarded things. Andrzej Pitrus believes that referring the work of the Lithuanian artist asks for a specific approach: he remains in the sphere of Mekas’ sensibility and adapted the collage-like and fragmentary nature of his written and cinematic works. The chapters are to a lesser extent complete analyses and interpretations of particular Mekas’ pieces but rather they dialogue with the words of the artist, whose selected poetry, diaries and critical texts are enclosed within the book. In Mekas’ vein Pitrus adds personal elements and recounts in the book.
Re:Voir Vidéo will release a new deluxe boxset of 8 volumes in Blu-ray and DVD, of the series “Diaries, Notes and Sketches”, restored from original film elements. The boxset features titles from 1950 to 2015, some of which were never published before.
“In the American and the global context, Mekas is firstly remembered as the master of an avant-garde cinema, perhaps even more as an organizer, curator, and critic of that cinema. In the Lithuanian linguistic and cultural environment, he has another dimension, which is little known abroad, but is important – he is a poet. And here he is in no way inferior to the filmmaker” – Tomas Venclova.
The Publishing house “Odilė“ starts a series of selected writings by Jonas Mekas with the first volume “Jonas Mekas. Poezija” focused on the poetry of this artist. Authorized by his son Sebastian, a collection of selected works is compiled by the director and poet, friend and collaborator of Jonas Mekas, Julius Ziz (Žižliauskas). Accompanying words were written by the poet, literary critic prof. Tomas Venclova and musicologist, art critic prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, while the poems by Jonas Mekas written in English were translated into Lithuanian by the poet Kornelijus Platelis.
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Between 1950 and his death, the artist and impresario Jonas Mekas (1922–2019) made more than one hundred radically innovative, often diaristic films and video works. He also founded film festivals, cooperatives, archives, and magazines and wrote film criticism and poetry.
Edited by Inesa Brašiškė, Lukas Brašiškis and Kelly Taxter, Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running is the first major publication in English on this pivotal member of the New York avant-garde scene, presenting an extensively illustrated, in-depth exploration of his radical art and restless life.
Published by Yale University Press in association with the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Vilnius.
The Hebrew translation of Jonas Mekas’ long poem “Pavieniai žodžiai” will be published in Oh!, the best literary magazine in Israel. The poem and the opening essay by Ausra Kaziliunaite were translated from the Lithuanian by the poet and translator Sivan Beskin.
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The second volume of Jonas Mekas’s autobiography I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, 1969–2011, published by Spector Books, continues with the meticulous description of his dense life in New York’s underground art scene. It begins with the seventies, a time when the Chelsea Hotel was a central hub of creativity and a temporary home for the filmmaker and critic. In 1970, Mekas co-founded Anthology Film Archives with Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage. Later, he bought the Courthouse building at 32 Second Avenue where Anthology remains today. It was during this period that Mekas returned to Lithuania and saw his family for the first time in twenty-seven years. With his first solo show at Jeu du Paume Paris in 1992, Mekas reached a wider audience beyond the film world. His international career as an artist had begun, with numerous exhibitions across the US, Europe, and Asia—as well as international publications, film projects, and travels.
Jonas Mekas finished editing his autobiography’s last volume when he was over ninety years old. Published posthumously, I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, 1950–2011 stands on an equal footing with his cinematic oeuvre. The second and concluding volume of his diaries contains an extensive index of names.