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Lucio Fontana

Fantastic Japanese catalogue published by The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama; The Seibu Musuem of Art, Tokyo; The Asahi Shimbun and others in 1986 to accompany the major travelling exhibition of the work of Lucio Fontana in 1986, spanning five institutions across Japan.

This handsomely design (by Ikko Tanaka) full-colour book, presents the work of Italian artist Lucio Fontana across canvas, ceramic, drawing, and relief, dating throughout the 1930 up until the late 1960s, concentrating on his famous Concetto Spaziale works. Includes text by Franco Russoli in English and Japanese, an artist biography, bibliography and catalogue of works exhibited, plus historical photographs of Fontana.

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Lucio Fontana
La Penetrazione dello Spazio



Wonderful Japanese catalogue produced in 1992 to accompany the travelling Japanese exhibition “Lucio Fontana – La Penetrazione dello Spazio”, curated by Toshiaki Minemura.

This generous full-colour book, designed and printed in Japan, presents the work of Italian artist Lucio Fontana across canvas, ceramic, drawing, and relief, dating throughout the 1930 up until the late 1960s, concentrating on his famous Concetto Spaziale works. Includes texts by Enrico Crispolti, Toshiaki Minemura and an artist biography and catalogue of works exhibited.

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Francis Picabia

Scrace Japanese Francis Picabia catalogue produced on the occasion of an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Seibu Takanawa 21 July-5 September 1984 and The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo 9 September-21 October 1984.

Richly illustrated with many of Picabia’s works spanning his entire oeuvre in painting, drawing, text and print, with texts in Japanese, with some English and French.

Francis Picabia (22 January 1879 – 30 November 1953) was a French avant-garde painter, poet and typographist. After experimenting with Impressionism and pointillism, Picabia became associated with Cubism. His highly abstract planar compositions were colourful and rich in contrasts. He was one of the early major figures of the Dada movement in the United States and in France. His was later briefly associated with Surrealism, but would soon turn his back on the art establishment.

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The Artwork Caught by the Tail : Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris
by George Baker

The artist Francis Picabia — notorious dandy, bon vivant, painter, poet, filmmaker, and polemicist — has emerged as the Dadaist with postmodern appeal, and one of the most enigmatic forces behind the enigma that was Dada.

In this first book in English to focus on Picabia’s work in Paris during the Dada years, art historian and critic George Baker reimagines Dada through Picabia’s eyes. Such reimagining involves a new account of the readymade — Marcel Duchamp’s anti-art invention, which opened fine art to mass culture and the commodity. But in Picabia’s hands, Baker argues, the Dada readymade aimed to reinvent art rather than destroy it. Picabia’s readymade opened art not just to the commodity, but to the larger world from which the commodity stems: the fluid sea of capital and money that transforms all objects and experiences in its wake. The book thus tells the story of a set of newly transformed artistic practices, claiming them for art history — and naming them — for the first time: Dada Drawing, Dada Painting, Dada Photography, Dada Abstraction, Dada Cinema, Dada Montage. Along the way, Baker describes a series of nearly forgotten objects and events, from the almost lunatic range of the Paris Dada “manifestations” to Picabia’s polemical writings; from a lost work by Picabia in the form of a hole (called, suggestively, The Young Girl) to his “painting” Cacodylic Eye, covered in autographs by luminaries ranging from Ezra Pound to Fatty Arbuckle. Baker ends with readymades in prose: a vast interweaving of citations and quotations that converge to create a heated conversation among Picabia, Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara, James Joyce, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and others. Art history has never looked like this before. But then again, Dada has never looked like art history.

George Baker is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an editor at October magazine and October Books. He is the editor of James Coleman (MIT Press) and a frequent contributor to Artforum.

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