Published by Mousse Publishing. Edited by Antonella Soldaini, Veronica Locatelli.
Presenting a selection of the décollages (torn posters) and retro d’affiches (untouched poster versos) of Nouveau Réaliste pioneer Mimmo Rotella (1918–2006) from the late ‘50s and early ’60s, this book situates these works in the artistic climate that helped foster them.
Published by Skira. Edited by Germano Celant. Contributions by Antonella Soldaini, Veronica Locatelli.
Divided into four volumes, the catalogue raisonné dedicated to Mimmo Rotella’s oeuvre looks at the career, spanning almost sixty years, of one of the great interpreters of Italian and international contemporary art. ?This first volume of the catalogue raisonné focuses on the period from 1944 to 1961.
Germano Celant, a celebrated art historian, critic, and theorist, has curated hundreds of exhibitions worldwide and published more than one hundred books and catalogs.
A vast selection of works that illustrate the richness of Mimmo Rotella's research, from 1954 to 2005. Unfolding in chronological order, this volume is divided into working periods, each focusing on one or more techniques highlighting the various stages of development of the artist's language. The catalogue examines the works related to each technique analysed, enriched with various documentation: invitations, books, magazines, newspapers, writings, photographs, and statements by the artist concerning his poetics.
Antonella Soldaini is Director of the Mimmo Rotella Institute.
The art of Mimmo Rotella seems to be marked by a constant play of chance and intuition–”the mythical mental radar” to which the artist often alludes in his writings–and can be characterized by his attraction to the unusual, the unexplored and the unforeseen. Germano Celant traces Rotella’s work, in all of its diversified phases and periods from 1946 to the present, including the initial geometrical and pre-décollages works, the decollages and the verso of torn street posters, the artypo and emulsified canvases, the blanks, and the overpaintings. Rotella has been the subject of numerous retrospectives throughout Europe and the United States, including Grand Central Station, New York in 1994; Cuartel del Conde Duque, Madrid also in 1994; Galerie Ernst Hilger, Wien in 1999; and Palazzo della Triennale, Milan in 2004. In 1964, Rotella represented Italy in the Venice Biennale.
Germano Celant is an art historian and Senior Curator for contemporary art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York. He is contributing editor to ArtForum and Interview. He is internationally acclaimed for his work on “Arte Povera.” His recent publications include Architecture & Arts 1900/2004 (Skira 2005) and Manzoni Catalogo delle Opere (Skira 2004).
Published by Charta/Italian Factory. Edited by Lorenzo Pavolini and Alessandro Riva. Text by Tiziano Scarpa.
Still vital and experimental in his late eighties, Mimmo Rotella, the Nouveau Réaliste legend who pioneered the art of effacage, in which he partially cancels images from popular magazines, here collects 30 of those works, many of them published for the first time. Satirical texts by hip Italian novelist Tiziano Scarpa, some 40 years his junior, confirm the continued relevance of Rotella's work.
PUBLISHER Charta/Italian Factory
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6 x 7 in. / 96 pgs / 27 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/15/2005 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2005 p. 165
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881585342TRADE List Price: $29.95 CDN $35.00
Born in Cantanzaro in 1918, Mimmo Rotella revolutionized Italian art in the postwar period, with his ruptures of found urban materials such as advertising posters, an activity that eventually gained the name “affichism,” and which allied him with the Nouveaux Réalistes in France (Arman, Christo, François Dufrêne, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Daniel Spoerri and Jean Tinguely). These early compositions were primarily abstract, but in the early 1960s he began to feature images of movie stars and consumer goods, developing a more overt critique. Simultaneously, Rotella developed a form of sound poetry that he called “epistaltic” poetry. This essential volume is one of the few catalogues to document all the different phases of Mimmo Rotella's career, from the décollages of the 1950s to the large compositions he created from the 1960s through the 1980s.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.25 x 10.5 in. / 96 pgs / 16 color / 37 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/2/1997 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 1997
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881580880TRADE List Price: $29.95 CDN $35.00