Published by APT International in 1999 for a major Japanese travelling exhibition on Francis Picabia, starting at the Isetan Museum of Art in Tokyo in 1999, then to Fukushima and Osaka throughout 1999-2000.
Two Volumes bound in french-fold wraps, beautifully kept fine volumes, both housed in protective corrugated golding slip-case with scarlet label wrapped around spine. Slipcase itself has been protected under plastic sleeve.
First volume (226 page) forms a comprehensive retrospective of Picabia’s life and prolific and defying work across painting, drawing, printing, poetry and film. Extensive colour and b&w reproductions of a vast collection of his painting, illustration and publishing projects are presented alongside a folio of his poems and drawings, plus photo documentation of his studio and private/social life. Also includes a biography and bibliography, as well as an insightful conversation between Olga Picabia (Francis Picabia’s widow), Pierre Calté (director of Comité Picabia), Hans Ulrich Obrist (independent curator) and Stefan Banz (independent curator), about Picabia’s life (text in English and Japanese). Introductory essays in Japanese and French by Beverley Calte and Arnauld Pierre.
Second volume (120 pages) “391” is a very special book made up of collated facsimiles of the 19 issues of Picabia’s famous Dada periodical, “391”, dating 1917-1924.
391 first appeared in January 1917 in Barcelona, published and edited by Picabia, assisted in assembling by Olga Sacharoff, a Georgian emigre residing in Barcelona. The title of the magazine derives from Alfred Stieglitz’s New York periodical 291 (to which Picabia had contributed), and bore no relation to its contents. Despite Picabia’s renown as an artist, it was mostly literary in content, with a wide-ranging aggressive tone, possibly influenced by Alfred Jarry and Apollinaire. There were contributions by two men new to Dada: Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. However 391 remained essentially the expression of the inventive, energetic and wealthy Picabia, who stated of it: “Every page must explode, whether through seriousness, profundity, turbulence, nausea, the new, the eternal, annihilating nonsense, enthusiasm for principles, or the way it is printed. Art must be unaesthetic in the extreme, useless and impossible to justify.”
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.
* Condition: Very Good-Fine (Fine examples of both books, tight and clean throughout, protected in original corrugated cardboard slip-case with only very minor wear)– All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.
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Major Japanese hard-cover monograph published on the occasion of a travelling exhibition of James Ensor’s work, hosted at 5 different museums across Japan in 2005. Mie Prefectural Art Museum June 18, 2005 – July 24, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum April 23 – June 12, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art July 30 – September 4, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art September 10 – October 16, Takamatsu City Museum of Art October 21 – December 4.
Includes countless reproductions of Ensor’s paintings, prints and drawings, photographs, essays, descriptions of works, bibliography, biography, and much more, all in English and Japanese.
James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor (13 April 1860 – 19 November 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost his entire life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX. While Ensor’s early works, such as Russian Music (1881) and The Drunkards (1883), depict realistic scenes in a somber style, his palette subsequently brightened and he favored increasingly bizarre subject matter. Such paintings as The Scandalized Masks (1883) and Skeletons Fighting over a Hanged Man (1891) feature figures in grotesque masks inspired by the ones sold in his mother’s gift shop for Ostend’s annual Carnival. Subjects such as carnivals, masks, puppetry, skeletons, and fantastic allegories are dominant in Ensor’s mature work. Ensor dressed skeletons up in his studio and arranged them in colorful, enigmatic tableaux on the canvas, and used masks as a theatrical aspect in his still lifes. Attracted by masks’ plastic forms, bright colors, and potential for psychological impact, he created a format in which he could paint with complete freedom. James Ensor is considered to be an innovator in 19th-century art. Although he stood apart from other artists of his time, he significantly influenced such 20th-century artists as Paul Klee, George Grosz, Wols, and many expressionist and surrealist painters of the 20th century.
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