Edited with text by Paul B. Preciado, Anne Dressen, Teresa Grandas. Text by Lea Vergine, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Jack Halbertam, Ariana Reines, Elisabeth Lebovici, Pedro G. Romero, Maurizio Cattelan, Catherine Lord, Le Tigre, Luigi Ontani, Andrea Viliani, Mai-Thu Perret, Alexandra Wetzel, Bettina M. Busse, Melissa Logan, Alexandra Murray-Leslie, Valentín Roma, Maria Cristina Mundici, Corrado Levi, Filippo Fossati.
Clth, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 272 pgs / 138 color. | 8/25/2015 | Not available $45.00
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited with text by Brigitte Hausmann. Text by Brigitte Reinhardt, Alexandra Wetzel.
Self-taught Italian painter Carol Rama (1918–2015) worked in relative obscurity for decades, until curator Lea Vergine included her in a 1980 exhibition that instigated her discovery by the art world. In 2003 she was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for her life's work; retrospectives at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the New Museum in New York soon followed. This hardcover volume focuses on the drawings and watercolors that Rama produced from the mid-1990s until her death. These include the Cadeau series, which depict scribbled orifices multiplied down the page, or red swollen hooves; Tongues, from the late 1990s, which depict bright-red horned tongues wagging their way across the page; and works from the early 2000s that feature thornlike breasts rendered in marker, nail polish and other materials on found sheets of paper.
Published by Lévy Gorvy. Text by Robert Storr, Flavia Frigeri, Robert Lumley. Poetry by Sylvia Gorelick, Lara Mimosa Montes.
Accompanying Lévy Gorvy’s exhibition of the same name, this beautifully produced catalog highlights the celebrated Italian painter Carol Rama’s (1918–2015) engagement with the artistic landscape of her home city of Turin.
Alongside color plates, an essay by Robert Storr explores Rama’s examination of conventionally obscured and shamed parts of human bodies, and shows how she diverged from the oppressive social order of her time. Curator Flavia Frigeri places Rama within the artistic landscape of the city in her essay, and a text by the writer Robert Lumley explores Rama’s engagement with the political scene in Turin.
An illustrated chronology of Rama and the city highlights exhibitions of artists whose catalogs Rama collected in her home library, and newly commissioned poetry by Sylvia Gorelick and Lara Mimosa Montes responds to Rama and her oeuvre.
Published by Lévy Gorvy. Introduction by Maria Cristina Mundici, Raffaella Roddolo. Text by Lia Gangitano, Andrea Bajani.
As a self-taught artist who confidently forged her own path, Carol Rama (1918–2015) pursued an inventive approach to structure and composition, seasoning her art with unconventional mediums, industrial material, provocative imagery and psychologically charged legends. Accompanying an exhibition at the Archivio Carol Rama at the Palazzo Ca’ nova in Venice, this publication includes full-color illustrations of Rama’s works featured in the show—an unprecedented selection representing the broad range of materials and styles that comprise her iconoclastic oeuvre. The catalog also features newly commissioned texts by curator and founder of Participant, Inc. Lia Gangitano and Turin-based novelist Andrea Bajani, as well as an introduction by Maria Cristina Mundici and Raffaella Roddolo of the Archivio Carol Rama.
Published by New Museum. Edited by Massimiliano Gioni, Helga Christoffersen. Text by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer. Interview by Lea Vergine. Contributions by Danh Vő.
Rama’s exhibition at the New Museum brings together over 150 of her paintings, objects and works on paper, highlighting her consistent fascination with the representation of the body. This book celebrates the independence and eccentricity of this legendary artist whose work spanned half a century of contemporary art history and anticipated debates on sexuality, gender and representation. Encompassing her entire career, it traces the development from her early erotic, harrowing depictions of “bodies without organs” through later works that invoke innards, fluids and limbs. This catalog accompanying her New Museum exhibition features an interview with the artist by Lea Vergine, a new text by writer Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, and a contribution by artist Danh Vő.
PUBLISHER New Museum
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7.25 x 9.5 in. / 288 pgs / 173 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 6/27/2017 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2017 p. 125
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780915557158TRADE List Price: $30.00 CDN $40.00 GBP £27.00
Published by Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Edited with text by Paul B. Preciado, Anne Dressen, Teresa Grandas. Text by Lea Vergine, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Jack Halbertam, Ariana Reines, Elisabeth Lebovici, Pedro G. Romero, Maurizio Cattelan, Catherine Lord, Le Tigre, Luigi Ontani, Andrea Viliani, Mai-Thu Perret, Alexandra Wetzel, Bettina M. Busse, Melissa Logan, Alexandra Murray-Leslie, Valentín Roma, Maria Cristina Mundici, Corrado Levi, Filippo Fossati.
Ignored for decades by official art-history discourses, Italian Carol Rama (1918-2006) can be considered today to be one of the essential artists for understanding 20th-century production. Through a selection of 120 works--mostly paintings--and essays by Paul B. Preciado, Anne Dressen and Teresa Grandas, in addition to the contributions of a selection of artists, writers and musicians, this clothbound volume proposes an attempt to recognize and restore a life's work--one markedly feminine and sexualized--still unknown but nevertheless slated to become classic. This publication aims not only to explore the art of Carol Rama, but also to challenge the dominant narratives of art history through work that requires us to undo narratives and reformulate concepts. Almost forgotten by art history and the feminist movement, the work of Rama, stretching over seven decades, constitutes an anti-archive allowing a reconstruction of the avant-garde movements of the 20th century.
PUBLISHER Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 272 pgs / 138 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/25/2015 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2015 p. 121
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788492505739TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00
Published by Hatje Cantz. Essays by Silvia Eiblmayr, Brigitte Reinhardt, Lea Vergine, and Edoardo Sanguineti.
Appassionata offers a compelling cross-section of Carol Rama's lifetime of work. Early on, she combined the surreal and the erotic in her watercolors and drawings. Delicately rendered, they show fragmented, injured female bodies, male figures charged with sexual symbolism, as well as objects like artificial limbs, shoes and animals. Born in 1918 in Turin, Rama took up her radical and taboo-breaking position as early as 1936, anticipating positions on the body and sexuality that became prevalent only in the 1960s and 1970s. During the 1950s, Rama addressed abstraction, increasingly incorporating body-related materials like animal claws, doll's eyes or bicycle inner tubes. In the early 1980s, she returned to her earlier erotic subjects, to which she remains devoted. Into them she now also includes scenes of everyday life and mythological figures, often depicted ironically. Apart from a wonderful overview of Rama's work, this publication also sheds light on her lifelong artistic involvement with the poet Edoardo Sanguineti.