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Mario Schifano

Una biografia

  • Author: Luca Ronchi
  • Year: 2012
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 432
  • Price: 29.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-078-8
  • Size: cm 15.5 x 23
  • Illustrations: 145 b/w - 20 colour

Mario Schifano (1934-1998) is the Italian exponent of Pop Art. His works of large format are characterised by monochrome and the use of commercial brands like Coca Cola and Esso. Backed by major Italian and international galleries (Plinio de Martiis and Ileana Sonnabend), along with the “cursed” painters set (including Franco Angeli and Tano Festa), Schifano’s work represented a major turning point in Italian and European contemporary art. A true eclectic, he studied new techniques in painting and was one of the first artists to use a computer to create art, and one of the first to experiment with hybrids involving painting and other forms of art like music, cinema, video and photography. Close to pop culture and the beatnik music scene, like Andy Warhol he collaborated with bands designing covers for various Italian groups. He died of a heart attack aged 64.

In an unusual format, Luca Ronchi’s book reconstructs Mario Schifano’s world, as well as the social and artistic milieu of the period, using the direct accounts of those in the artist’s circle, gathered over time and assembled in the form of almost theatrical dialogues.  He thus creates an elaborate and objective portrait that brings his subject alive, as man and artist closely bound up with his time.

The images from the Schifano Archives open up the artist’s private life, and include previously unpublished material and lesser known works.

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Luca Ronchi, born in Milan in 1956, has lived in Rome since 1973, the same year he met Mario Schifano. Since 1979 he has written and directed various television programmes devoted to art and film. In 2001 he produced the documentary Mario Schifano Tutto, which was presented at the 28th Venice Film Festival. This book represents a revisitation and continuation of his film.

Nota dell’Archivio Mario Schifano Personaggi

Prima parte 1958-1963

1. Alla fine degli anni cinquanta

2. Monocromi

3. La prima mostra

4. Piazza del Popolo

5. Un altro mondo

Seconda parte 1964-1971

6. Segni d’energia

7. Il clima felice degli anni sessanta

8. Sperimentazioni

9. Palme e stelle

10. Festa cinese

11. Grande angolo, sogni, stelle

12. Fuoco nero

13. Cinema off

14. Umano non umano

15. Wild Horses

16. Tele emulsionate

17. Human Lab

18. Sotto il segno dell’ariete

Terza parte 1972-1981

19. “Contemporanea”

20. Nel dolce rumore della vita

21. Il vortice

22. Una strana gioia di vivere

23. Umano, troppo umano

24. Cold turkey

25. L’ombra di un’ombra

26. The Times They Are a Changin’

Quarta parte 1982-1995

27. Vivere è per amare qualcosa

28. Ansedonia

29. Saxa Rubra

30. Una pittura folgorante

31. Il meglio del meglio

32. L’incendio dei ricordi personali

33. Franco

34. Tano

35. Alle Mantellate

36. Un carattere d’artista

37. Dalla vita in su e dalla vita in giù

38. Patologia della pittura

39. Lo studio laboratorio

40. Assenza di gravità

41. Adieu

42. Alighiero

43. La madre di ogni desiderio

44. Assolutamente falsi

45. Arte democratica

Quinta parte 1996-1998

46. Il quadrificio

47. Crocefisso a un ferro di cavallo

48. L’ultima battaglia

49. Forse per un pittore la morte è solo un colore

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