Isgrò Catalogue raisonné of the work


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Isgrò Catalogue raisonné of the work
Isgrò Catalogue raisonné of the work

a cura di / edited by Bruno Corà
responsabile scientifico / scientific editor Marco Bazzini
The first publication to bring together the production of Emilio Isgrò (1937), the artist who shaped one of the most revolutionary and original avant-gardes of the second half of the 20th century.
As part of its promotion and research work, the Archivio Emilio Isgrò is backing the publication of the catalogue raisonné of the work, an indispensable tool for understanding the diverse activity of one of the protagonists of contemporary art. Isgrò is an artist, poet, novelist and playwright, but above all, he is the undisputed father of cancellatura, one of the most original linguistic innovations introduced to the art scene in the early 1960s, which still retains such a vivid dynamicity and creative audacity that it presents itself as an alternative to the worldview: it expresses more than it says.
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The artist has the following to say about cancellatura: “At the start, it was probably no more than a gesture: one of the many gestures that artists once made to mark the path of life and the world … It has actually transformed in my hands year by year, minute by minute, adapting better than I wanted or hoped to my wishes as an artist.” Over time, this gesture has been applied to books, maps, telexes, cinema and musical scores, pre-empted the most typical expressions of conceptual art, played a part in installations and, with the transition from black to white and to red, led to pictorial results.
In Isgrò’s work, cancellatura is a dialectical gesture midway between destruction and reconstruction. The words and images are never offended by cancellatura but, through it, restore new life to a signifier that carries multiple meanings: the primary essence of every artwork. The publication is edited by Bruno Corà, assisted in the technical coordination by the archive director Scilla Velati Isgrò and by the scientific editor Marco Bazzini. The artist’s work will be divided into five volumes, starting in 1962, each covering a period of around ten years and accompanied by important critical contributions by leading scholars, including Tommaso Trini, Luigi Ballerini, José Jimenez and Bernard Blistène. Through a chronological approach and an extensive introductory essay, the catalogue will highlight the evolutionary moments that have characterized the artist’s language, allowing for a broader and more documented reading of his pieces. Lastly, the plates of the works will be accompanied by a comprehensive set of theoretical texts by the artist and a rich critical anthology that contextualizes them through the voices of those who have studied the work of this master over the years.
Dimensions24 x 28cm
BindingHardcover in box
Colour illustrations2900
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