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L’autore che credeva di esistere

  • Author: Giulio Paolini
  • Year: 2012
  • Language: Italian and English
  • Pages: 260
  • Price: 70.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-024-5
  • Size: cm 24.5 x 29
  • Illustrations: 135 b/w and colour

Conceived by Giulio Paolini, one of the best-known and most acclaimed conceptual artists, this book takes stock in a certain sense of a life lived in the art world both as a leading participant and as an observer of the key stages in its evolution over the last forty years. It open with a text in which the artist uses words to illustrate his philosophical and artistic stance. Short pieces written by figures on the art scene close to the artist then introduce the nine thematic sections into which the nearly 150 collages created specifically for this project are divided. In keeping with Giulio Paolini’s international prominence, the final section presents English translations of all the texts.

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Giulio Paolini (1940), one of the leading artists of our time, started out in 1960. Since his first solo show in 1964, he has exhibited work in numerous international galleries and museums. His art focuses on themes that probe the conception, manifestation and vision of the artwork. After the initial investigations of the constituent elements of the painting, his attention shifted to the act of exhibition, a view of the work as a catalogue of its possibilities and the figure of the author and his or her detachment from the work as something pre-existent and transcendent. Trained as a graphic designer, he has always had a particular interest in the publishing field and the printed page. His art has been accompanied from the outset by written reflections in books of his own creation, including Idem (Einaudi, Turin 1975), Suspense. Breve storia del vuoto in tredici stanze (Hopefulmonster, Florence 1988), La verità in quattro righe e novantacinque voci (Einaudi, Turin 1996), Quattro passi. Nel museo senza muse (Einaudi, Turin 2006) and Dall’Atlante al Vuoto in ordine alfabetico (Electa, Milan 2010).

Premessa

The Importance of Being Earnest

Molto rumore per nulla

Così è (se vi pare)

Note

[1] Sala d’attesa Senza data né luogo / Synopsis / L’ospite / L’Aleph / Carte segrete / Rendez-vous / In posa / Ermite à Paris / La caduta nel mondo / Nulla da dichiarare / Deposizione / Sphera / La Sainte-Vierge / Stanza dei Trofei / Scrittura privata / Guanti bianchi / L’Île enchantée / Eco e Narciso / La pittura abbandonata / Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu / Psiche (senza Amore) / Académie / St. Rémy de Provence / L’ora X / Impressions d’Afrique / Villa Fiorita / Tempus tacendi / Commiato / (Bergamo, inverno 1944-45) / Ex voto / Perspective / Next Opening / Punti di vista / Fuori quadro / Ring / Clausura / Chiaroscuro / Giorno e notte / Camera con vista / Quattro quarti / Prima o poi / Arresti domiciliari / Exit / Fuori orario / No Message (nulla verba) / In extremis / Da fuori / Tabula rasa / Palais des Thés / Orario continuato / Matita su carta / Primo piano / Intervallo / The Age of Elegance

[2] Sulla soglia Recto-verso / Tutto e niente / Amen (non oltre) / Alla finestra / Giardino all’italiana / Riflessi / In ascolto / Estasi di san Sebastiano / L’al di là / Le Jeune dessinateur / Detto (non) fatto

[3] In esilio L’Exil du cygne / All’opera / In quel punto / In superficie / Astrolabe / Su due piedi / Dilemma / Per esempio / Confini / Questo e/o quel quadro / Identikit / Recluso / Suicida felice / Elea / Dopo tutto / Bon voyage / Mnemosyne

[4] Promenade

[5] L’autore che credeva di esistere Recital / Destinazione sconosciuta / Salto mortale / Gran Gala / Ferito a morte / L’autore? Un attore! / Castelli di carte / Tableau vivant / Capogiro / A.B. & C. / Dall’alto / Belvedere / Parade / Fuoco fatuo

[6] Quadro generale Caleidoscopio (1509-2002) / Appunti preliminari. Studi per alcune ipotetiche varianti dei sei lati di un cubo e per la struttura sospesa / Modello della struttura sospesa

[7] La tela della Veronica Et quid amabo nisi quod aenigma est? / Le Temple de la Gloire / Stemma dell’Assunta

[8] Senza più titolo Da lontano / Omissis / Copia e originale / Poco o nulla / Niente (o quasi) / Scena muta / Phoenix

[9] Fine della storia Tutto qui

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