Beyond Books is the first publication to focus on the books and printed matter of Alighiero Boetti (1940-94), including his artist’s books, posters, exhibition invitations and work emerging from his long association with the newspaper Il Manifesto. Printed matter, text and language were critical for the artist, an important Italian conceptual artist and key member of the Arte Povera movement, who believed “if you really want something, get it down in writing.” A pioneer of the artist’s book, Boetti used the particularities of the format to penetrate beyond surface appearances–for example in his legendary 1977 book Classifying the Thousand Longest Rivers in the World, which lists the world’s longest rivers and their lengths in a deadpan attempt to order the disorderly natural world. This volume explores the development of a new concept of the book in Boetti’s oeuvre, where reading and looking become part of the same aesthetic experience.
With contributions by Giacomo Corna Pellegrini, Arianna di Genova, Roberto Giunti, Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Annemarie Sauzeau, Fabrizio Scrivano, and edited by Giorgio Maffei and Maura Picciauall, texts in English and Italian. 320 pages heavily illustrated with colour and some b/w illustations, plus bibliography and section on Boetti’s artist invitation cards.
A very in-depth, historical and beautifully designed publication, published in 2011 by Corraini of Milan. This is the first edition.
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For this pleasingly compact introduction to the wilder shores of contemporary European and American art, the BSI Art Collection in Geneva invited several writers, critics, artists and scientists–including Luca Cerizza, Joachim Koester, Helen Mirra and Hans Ulrich Obrist–to write responses to the works of artists held in its collection. The results, which range from the essayistic to outright fiction, make Maps and Legends an excellent example of the sheer scope of possible responses one can have to an artwork. Reproductions and installation shots of 11 artists–Franz Ackermann, Alighiero e Boetti, Marine Hugonnier, Joachim Koester, Deborah Ligorio, Jonathan Monk, Philippe Parreno, Kirsten Pieroth, Daniel Roth, Tomas Saraceno and Christopher Williams–make this book an informative read and a delightfully designed publication.
The book is published by the commissioner, BSI (Banca della Svizzera Italiana), as part of their Art Program, relaunched in 2005 by the Italian curator and critic Luca Cerizza. Stemming from a program of site-specific commissions for the bank, the books in this series are conceived as individual monographs and catalogues on each artist’s contribution. Gathering preparatory material, documentation on the works, and essays by critics or the artists themselves, these volumes contribute to the discussion around commissioning, the notions of public vs. private collection, and the relationship between artists and patrons.
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