Raciti Catalogo ragionato dell’opera pittorica 1950-2022


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Raciti Catalogo ragionato dell’opera pittorica 1950-2022
Raciti Catalogo ragionato dell’opera pittorica 1950-2022

Catalogue raisonné of the pictorial work 1950-2022

edited by Sandro Parmiggiani
The first catalogue raisonné of the pictorial work
of Raciti, considered one of the masters of Italian postwar abstractism
Mario Raciti (Milano, 1934) is one of the most intensely lyrical Italian artists, who over the past seventy years has unfailingly conducted independent and extremely lucid research on language and the meaning of painting in his time. He has always used the tools and techniques of painting to give a face – though one evoked solely by traces, fragmented images and faint suggestions – to what eludes and remains hidden from the artist himself, but cannot, however, be represented in its complete totality.
In the catalogue raisonné of Raciti’s pictorial oeuvre, his career is documented by around 2,200 images: following his debut in the early 1950s, in the1960s we are already catapulted into an enchanted, fairytale world by ascending elongated images.
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The 1970s were marked by what the artist himself calls “presences-absences”: spatial divisions of the dream; elegant, subtle signs that cut across the canvas with the force of a scalpel that strips things to the bone; blackish agglomerations, which, halfway through the decade seem to evoke an elsewhere, an “other” space, the echo, the reverberation of something that lies outside, beyond the painting.
In the 1980s, the space becomes even more complex and breaks up: the artist tackles myth, revisiting some of the stories deeply embedded in the human imagination. The works of the last thirty years often incorporate more accentuated, warm tones, while Raciti reworks themes and images that represent a permanent striving and constant attempt to capture something that is no sooner revealed than it dissolves, in the spirit of the Symbolism that so fascinates the artist.
Edited by Sandro Parmiggiani with the collaboration of Iacopo Pesenti and Carlotta Ghiretti, the Catalogue reproduces 2.200 paintings that allow to follow the evolution of Raciti’s painting: a journey documented by extensive bio-bibliographical apparatuses, which include his many solo and group exhibitions (amongst them, a personal room at the 1986 Venice Biennale).
Sandro Parmiggiani was director of Palazzo Magnani in Reggio Emilia from 1997 to 2010 and lecturer at the Università Cattolica in Milan. In the last decade, he has curated several exhibitions and edited various catalogues raisonnés, including those devoted to Enrico Della Torre’s graphic work and Sergio Romiti’s paintings and graphics.
LanguageBilingual Italian English
Dimensions24 x 28cm
BindingHardcover in box
Colour illustrations200
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