When it is Christmas, it seems that all of us, without exception, wait with childlike hearts for presents. For me, the anticipation is always there that someone will remember that what truly warms my heart and makes me the happiest are rare books. Because they are often difficult to find, I know that the person who gives them to me really loves me, because it means they have been thinking and looking all year, remembering me, and, once having found it, putting it aside, keeping the secret from me every time they see me of this wonderful “find”, and waiting finally for Christmas day to express their love. Magic. It is always the best part of the giving
to be truly remembered in the gift.



Signed by the artist, this book contains the first graphic “Cordonatura” made in 1960 for Paderma editions, Basel by Enrico Castellani, as well as fifty graphic works from 1960 to 1995, representing his entire body of work.



Incomplete open cubes with 122 variations. Here, a catalogue from an exhibition in 1974 in New York of Sol Lewitt. For a while, Lewitt lived in Spoleto, Italy in the late 70’s. Here he spent time with the frescos of Giotto, and other Florentine painters and his work moved away from black and white into colorful ink washes, and eventually the acrylic wall drawings now being installed at MASS MOCA, in western Massachusetts, USA , an abandoned factory now turned into a beautiful museum.



A catalogue I never saw before.From the 1960’s when his work first appeared, and throughout his career, Robert Mangold has been entranced with line and shape. A rigorous minimalist, his precise works are fragile and wonderful.



A beautiful double spread page in this book about Andy Warhol published by Mazzotta in 1972. Here two of the seven paintings from Dance Diagram series, left, “Fox Trot”, right “Tango”, 1962. These works were shown in New York displayed on the floor, on a step-up platform under glass. Many artists at the time were moving the art off of the walls; Warhol’s humor with this idea was the best.



Here, Giacomo Balla’s drawings  for shoes expressing speed, 1928/29, from the book of the Biagiotti Cigna Collection. The Futurists were often interested in shoes as very active and dynamic. Balla occasionally even manufactured shoes.



A book about Fortunato Depero’s futuristic designs is always a pleasure for the eyes, and the mind. Here, a waistcoat for Tina Strumia, the girl friend of publisher Fedele Azari, who conceived the famous book “imbullonato” with bolts holding the pages together. A jewel, for years always on my desk.



“Il futurism e la moda”, Futurism and Fashion is a book which contains many great images from this period, 1900’s to 1930’s, which have obviously been of great inspiration to many contemporary designers for both color, and design.
Here a “speed bag” by Balla,1930.



Three sketches for dresses by Trullio Crali,1932/33. His experience as a pilot influenced his art, and he, along with Azari, played a significant part in “aeropittura” – aeropainting – with the new aerial perspective of landscape as the central subject.

Posted on: Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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