The first monograph dedicated to the visual art of Belgian cult poet and writer Sophie Podolski (1953-1974) features original essays, previously unpublished drawings and texts, and selected translations of her handwritten, illustrated manuscript The Country Where Everything Is Permitted (1972). The contributing writers each explore specific iconographies that are crystallized in Podolski’s remarkable graphic oeuvre, considering her highly personal vocabulary and uninhibited style against the backdrop of the late 1960s’ and early 1970s’ counterculture. Founded on new research that underpinned her solo exhibitions at WIELS (Brussels) and Villa Vassilieff (Paris), this book brings Podolski’s lost art into the limelight.

Edited by Caroline Dumalin. With contributions by Jean-Philippe Convert, Caroline Dumalin, Chris Kraus, Lars Bang Larsen, Sophie Podolski & Erik Thys

WIELS, Brussels, 20 January – 1 April 2018 / Bétonsalon, Villa Vassilieff, Paris, 21 April – 7 July 2018