Karel Teige was born in 1900. He was a modern man but not just because of his birthday. The Czech critic, designer, poet, theorist, graphic artist, and agitator showed symptoms, through his work and politics, of that twentieth-century malaise, the condition of constant crisis, guilt, and cynicism that colored the achievements of the avant-garde. Teige was eighteen years old when he witnessed the birth of his own nation, Czechoslovakia. By the year of his untimely death in 1951, he had experienced the idealism and ravages of socialism, World Wars I and II, and the beginnings of... More >>>