This volume positions Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964) as a paradigmatic 20th-century figure: a man who lived through two world wars and experienced the full impact of the era’s disillusionments. Against this bleak backdrop, he sought stringent order and formal harmony, while leaving room for uncertainty and surprise. This clothbound volume spotlights the artist’s paintings and works on paper from the 1920s to the '60s, as well as a wealth of unpublished documents and photographs recently excavated from the Morandi family archives. Marilena Pasquali, an art historian and leading Morandi expert, interprets these materials, connecting them with the arc of his career. Alongside writings by other art historians, Pasquali casts Morandi’s art as an ongoing response to the tumultuous, dispiriting times in which he lived.
Published by Polígrafa. Edited with text by Karen Wilkin. Interviews with Peppino Mangravite, Edouard Roditi.
Giorgio Morandi's (1890–1964) steady pursuit of a poetic vision in still-life and landscape painting (as well as engravings and etchings) has secured him a singular and revered position in the history of modern art. While drawing on the achievements of Giotto, Cézanne, the metaphysical painters and the Cubists, Morandi's work finally resembles no one else's, and quietly defies paraphrase: everything is enigmatically clarified in the work itself, in all its apparent simplicity, on terms entirely specific to the artist's compositional gifts, in which respect he might almost be described as the Erik Satie of painting. The original writings and interviews collected in this substantial new volume trace Morandi's various influences, illuminate the atmosphere of Bologna that so characterized the artist's sensibility, and allow us to analyze the myth that has formed around his life and personality. Karen Wilkin, editor of this volume and the author of monographs on Georges Braque, Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Kenneth Noland and David Smith, has assembled an important contribution to the critical understanding of this great artist.
Published by Silvana Editoriale. Edited by Alessia Calarota.
Italian painter Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964) was a poet of the ordinary. Best known for his still lifes, Morandi arranged simple objects—he tended to favor bottles, vases and bowls, earning him the patronizing description “the Italian painter of bottles”—in seemingly simple compositions in modestly scaled paintings. Bathed in flickering light and muted, earthy color, Morandi’s subtle and contemplative paintings are disarmingly absorbing, imbued with deep feeling and a reassuring solidity. Small and sublime at the same time, his paintings are generous to attentive viewers, and have drawn rapturous praise from artists and critics alike.
Morandi devoted his career to the pursuit of what he called “the essence of things.” “Even in as simple a subject” as a still life, Morandi explained, “a great painter can achieve a majesty of vision and an intensity of feeling to which we immediately respond.” He pursued this goal over the course of about 50 years, in the execution of some 1,350 oil paintings and 133 etchings.
Featuring a selection of Morandi’s oil and watercolor paintings, drawings and etchings, this publication ranges from Morandi’s renowned still lifes to his elegant flower vases and lonely landscapes. The book presents the whole of the artist’s silent yet profound innovation, halfway between reality and abstraction, and reveals why Morandi has remained a constant source of inspiration for generations of artists.
Published by Silvana Editoriale. Edited by Maria Cristina Bandera. Text by Francesco Galluzzi, Luc Tuymans, Yves Bonnefoy, Joost Zwagerman.
Devotional and tranquil, the art of Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964) celebrates the virtues of patience, serenity and modesty. Many of Morandi’s still lifes, landscapes and flowers are based on earlier compositions that he continually revisited, often across media (painting, watercolor, etching). This handsome overview beautifully elucidates the artist’s humble repertoire of themes, showing (when possible) where they originated, and how they were reprised across the course of his career. The careful selection of works, derived from some of Europe’s most prestigious institutions, museums and private collections and including some rarely or never-before seen works, are augmented by Jean-Michel Folon’s little-seen series of photographs from Morandi’s studio taken in 1977; texts by legendary poet Yves Bonnefoy, Joost Zwagerman and Francesco Galluzzi; and a section on Morandi’s influence. The artist’s heroic questing for purity have won him many fans: in film, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Robert Aldrich and Luca Guadagnino; in literature, Paul Auster, Don DeLillo and Siri Hustvedt; and in contemporary art, Lawrence Carroll, Tacita Dean and Luc Tuymans. Works by all of these Morandi admirers are included here. The book is edited by Morandi specialist Maria Cristina Bandera, head of the Fondazione Roberto Longhi in Florence.
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 9.5 x 11.5 in. / 240 pgs / 135 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/31/2013 Out of stock indefinitely
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Published by Silvana Editoriale. Text by Andrea Baldinotti, Roberta Cremoncini.
Giorgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry presents a large selection of graphic works by Bologna’s master of poetic understatement. Entirely self-taught as a printmaker, in 1912 Morandi began to etch using old manuals as his reference guides. He quickly mastered the technique, coming to consider it an important vehicle for his artistic expression, and the medium continued to be important to him throughout his career. Morandi went on to hold the Chair in Printmaking at Bologna’s Academy of Fine Arts for more than 20 years. These still lifes and landscapes reveal the artist’s stylistic versatility and desire for experimentation. Also included in this volume are a number of Morandi’s watercolors--works that exemplify his ability to distil the essence of a complex scene or composition into an arrangement of simple, near-abstract forms. Captivating in their restraint and extraordinary economy of means, these images are nevertheless intensely moving.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7 x 9.5 in. / 96 pgs / 81 color.
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Published by Silvana Editoriale. Text by Maria Cristina Bandera, Marco Franciolli, Simona Tosini Pizzetti, Siri Hustvedt, Lawrence Carroll.
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.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.75 x 11.25 in. / 288 pgs / 153 color / 17 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/31/2012 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2012 p. 35
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Published by The Phillips Collection. Text by Flavio Fergonzi, Elisabetta Barisoni.
Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) built his visual lexicon from the most minimal of props--dust-covered bottles, bowls, vases, pitchers, tins and boxes. From it, he composed delicious permutations of quiet still lifes, in the most muted yet luminous of palettes, transforming the genre of still life into a cosmos. The composer Morton Feldman once wrote that in his own work he was "interested in getting to Time in its unstructured existence... How Time exists before we put our paws on it," and in this sense Morandi may be his counterpart in paint: his painted objects seem to possess a subtle self-sufficiency and interiority. Accompanying a recent exhibition at the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., this beautifully designed catalogue contains a selection of reproductions buttressed with two essays by Morandi experts: Flavio Fergonzi appraises the myths that have attached to Morandi, the history of his critical reception and the cities with which the artist was particularly associated; Elisabetta Barisoni discusses Morandi's reception in America.
PUBLISHER The Phillips Collection
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 8.75 x 8.75 in. / 128 pgs / 67 color / 14 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 4/30/2009 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2009 p. 42
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Published by Charta. Text by Lorenzo Sassoli de Bianchi.
Reviewing the beloved early twentieth-century Italian painter Giorgio Morandi’s hugely popular 2008 retrospective exhibition, The New York Times’ Holland Cotter wrote, “Aspirants to the role of painter-as-poet are many. Giorgio Morandi was the real thing. And the retrospective, Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964), at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the second of its size in the United States, with nearly 100 still lifes and a dozen landscapes, is something that anyone in love with painting and its very specific poetry will want to see.” This volume presents more than 500 crisp documentary photographs that Gianni Berengo Gardin--winner of the 2008 Lucie Award for Lifetime Achievement--made of Morandi’s studio during the course of its legendary move from the artist’s home in the center of Bologna to the Museo Morandi. Carlo Zucchini and Silvia Palombi contribute an affectionate conversation about this epic happening on the occasion of Morandi’s studio coming home.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.5 x 9.5 in. / 104 pgs /66 duotone / 10 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/1/2009 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2009 p. 42
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Published by Charta/Italian Cultural Institute, New York. Text by Renato Miracco, Karen Wilkin.
Best known for his disarmingly simple depictions of bottles, vases, bowls and jars grouped together on tabletops and painted in exquisitely muted natural colors, the beloved twentieth century Italian painter Giorgio Morandi was also an exceptional interpreter of the medium of engraving. This charming, concise volume, published to coincide with a spate of fall 2008 exhibitions--including a major survey at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art--collects drawings, watercolors and etchings selected mainly from British and American collections. They range across all of Morandi's favorite motifs, from the famous still lifes of humble objects to the landscapes, cityscapes and objects from the sea. Giorgio Morandi was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1890. Although he fraternized with many of the most important Italian artists and poets of his day, he spent most of his time in his own studio, painting the same objects again and again. He continued to live and work in Bologna until his death in 1964.
PUBLISHER Charta/Italian Cultural Institute, New York
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.75 x 8.5 in. / 80 pgs / 4 color / 44 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/1/2008 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2009 p. 106
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Published by Skira. Edited by Maria Cristina Bandera, Renato Miracco. Text by Janet Abramowicz Flavio Fergonzi, Maria Mimita Lamberti, Neville Rowley, Lorenza Selleri.
This volume showcases 116 masterpieces arranged into the four major themes that characterize Giorgio Morandi’s work: self portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and flowers. The collection represents all the various expressive techniques used by Morandi over the years, including paint, etching, drawing and watercolor.The volume is the catalog of an outstanding exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum in New York and by the Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna. The exhibition will be open in New York from September 16 to December 14, 2008 and in Bologna from January 22 to April 12, 2009.The exhibition and the catalog also contain a number of photographs of Morandi’s studio and quotes from his admirers, as well as the memorable 1958 interview with Edouard Roditi.
Maria Cristina Bandera is Director of the Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi a Firenze. Renato Miracco is the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. Janet Abramowicz was a Senior Lecturer for twenty years in the Department of Fine Arts at Harvard University. Flavio Fergonzi is a Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Udine. Maria Mimita Lamberti is a Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Torino. Neville Rowley is currently doing a PhD at the Sorbonne, where he taught for three years. Lorenza Selleri is Curator at the Museo Morandi, Bologna.
Published by Ediciones Polígrafa. Text by Karen Wilkin. Interviews by Edouard Roditi, Pepino Mangravite.
Giorgio Morandi's steady pursuit of a poetic vision in still-life and landscape painting (as well as engravings and etchings) has secured him a singular and revered position in the history of Modern art. While drawing on the achievements of Giotto, Cézanne, the metaphysical painters and the Cubists, Morandi's work finally resembles no one else's and quietly defies paraphrase: everything is enigmatically clarified in the work itself, in all its apparent simplicity, on terms entirely specific to the artist's compositional gifts, in which respect he might almost be the Erik Satie of painting. As Morandi himself put it, "Truth is written in a different alphabet from ours: its characters are triangles, squares, circles, spheres, pyramids, cones and other geometrical figures." His still-lifes and landscapes could be described too easily as serene in their groupings of muted objects, but strange tensions arise among these objects in their clusterings and quiet nuances of light and color. The original writings and interviews collected in this substantial new volume trace Morandi's various influences, illuminate the atmosphere of Bologna that so characterized the artist's sensibility, and allow us to analyze the myth that has formed around his life and personality. Karen Wilkin, editor of this volume and the author of monographs on Georges Braque, Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Kenneth Noland and David Smith, has assembled an important contribution to the critical understanding of this great artist.