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Description - Giorgio Morandi by Laura Mattioli

This publication focuses on the period from 1948 to 1964, during which Morandi developed and refined his investigations of serial, reduct ive, and permutational forms and compositions, a body of work that has had a profound influence on twentieth - century art and painting. Included here are five of the ten iconic "yellow cloth" paintings from 1952, a series featured prominently in the histori c 1998 exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and numerous late paintings by the Italian master. Lavishly reproduced, these immersive plates draw attention to the idiosyncratic perspectival and color - driven decisions that give the work it s abstract power. The catalogue is published on the occasion of the 2015 exhibition of Morandi's paintings from this period at David Zwirner, New York - which, according to The New York Times , represent "lucid perfection, at once cerebral and impassioned." I t marked the first major presentation of the artist's late work in America since the acclaimed 2008 retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
In addition to an essay by Laura Mattioli and a foreword by David Leiber, who organized the exhibition, this catalogue includes a fantastic array of contributions by contemporary artists. They offer their personal responses to Morandi's work and to the Zwirner exhibition in particular. Working in different media across many disciplines, this dive rse list of contributors is a testament to the reach of Morandi's paintings and their influence on contemporary art.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781941701560
ISBN-10: 1941701566
Format: Hardback
(276mm x 230mm x 17mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: David Zwirner
Publisher: David Zwirner
Publish Date: 22-Jun-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Laura Mattioli

Giorgio Morandi was born in 1890 in Bologna, Italy, where he lived until his death in 1964. Over the course of his five-decade career, Morandi was most prolific during the postwar years from the late 1940s until the 1960s, when he executed more than half of his entire output of paintings. Remaining dedicated to the repertoire of subjects that had occupied him since the early 1910s, including tabletop still lifes of bottles, boxes, vases and flowers, as well as occasional landscapes, his variations on a given compositional motif became more persistent, nuanced, and abstract in the later part of his life. Through subtle shifts in color, tone, scale, composition, and mark-making, Morandi was able to convey the ever-changing perceptual understanding and memory of the objects and spaces one encounters. In 1993, the Museo Morandi was established in Bologna, Italy, and is currently located in the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna. David Leiber is a partner at David Zwirner and organized the exhibition Giorgio Morandi at the gallery. Laura Mattioli is the founder and president of the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, and serves on its advisory committee. An art historian, curator, and collector, Mattioli specializes in twentieth-century art and has served since 1983 as the curator of the Gianni Mattioli Collection, considered one of the most important holdings of Italian avant-garde and modern art.

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