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An essential overview of the modern master of the still life.

  

Giorgio Morandi

Text by Maria Cristina Bandera, Marco Franciolli, Simona Tosini Pizzetti, Siri Hustvedt, Lawrence Carroll.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Giorgio Morandi</I>.Giorgio Morandi’s visual lexicon consisted of the most minimal of props--bottles, vases, pitchers, boxes--but from these humble forms he extrapolated a marvelous and decidedly modern metaphysics of objecthood and space. Morandi reinvented the still life for modern times, without ever having directly incorporated modern content into his pictures: “only we can know that a cup is a cup, that a tree is a tree,” he observed, concisely expressing the continued relevance of the still life in the twentieth century. Nothing could be clearer than a Morandi still life, with its mute tones of beige, grays and off-whites, and its glyphic quality of cluster surrounded by spaciousness, and yet few artists have achieved such a singular atmosphere of absolute enigma. In this respect, Morandi is of the school of Vermeer and Chardin, practicing a devotional art of tranquility and privacy--“moods which I have always valued above all else,” as he once told an interviewer--finding whole new worlds in simple permutations of ordinary objects. This handsomely produced volume offers a detailed examination of Morandi’s paintings, watercolors, drawings and etchings. Alongside the still lives, it presents his landscapes, floral compositions and his well-known self-portrait, as well as various works by contemporary artists for whom Morandi has been a crucial precursor.

Featured image is reproduced from Giorgio Morandi.

Giorgio Morandi

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STAFF REVIEW

I recently began teaching drawing this past semester at NYU, and spend my weekends preparing lesson plans and lectures. I rely on my personal art book collection, not to mention improvisation skills, and on a good day, humor, to pull this off. Whilst preparing for an upcoming lesson plan on still lives, I instinctively thought "Morandi"! I went to my book shelf--surely I had a Morandi book-- I love Morandi! But alas--nothing! OK, no problem: look on my boyfriend's bookshelf. Surely, my artist boyfriend, who worked for years at the Met, who studied art history, has a Morandi book I can consult. But alas--again--nothing! I could not believe that between the two of us, we did not have a Morandi book. But it now makes sense: there is not much in print, by way of a comprehensive catalog, on this master of the still life. Until now! This is the book I will own and consult for any future lesson plans, not to mention for inspiration: Giorgio Morandi from Silvana Editoriale. -- Alexa Forosty
Artbook | D.A.P. Staff

 

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Pub Date: 5/23/2017
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