Title: Mario Merz
Publisher: Fondazione Merz, Turin
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Illustrated Boards
Book Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition
239 pp. 114 colour illustrations. 70 b/w illustrations. Texts by Mario Merz. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marcella Beccaria, and Pier Giovanni Castiglioni. Colour illustrated boards. No dustjacket as issued. An unread copy still in the original publisher's tattered but still sealed shrinkwrap with no visible wear or damage. A large heavy book, due to weight 91.6 kg. / 3.52 lbs + packaging) additional shipping charges are required. Please contact us for details. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 009394
Synopsis: Mario Merz, the late, great proponent of Arte Povera, envisioned the contemporary artist as a nomad, ever mediating and meditating on the relationship between nature and culture. He began to make work after his arrest in 1945 for anti-fascist activities; confined to jail, he drew incessantly on whatever material he could find. After his release, he painted first in oil on canvas, then began to pierce the canvas--as well as objects such as bottles, umbrellas and raincoats--with neon tubes, symbolically infusing them with energy. In 1968, Merz adopted one of his signature motifs, the igloo, symbol of the transitory artist. At base a metal skeleton, the igloo could be covered with site-specific fragments of clay, wax, mud, glass, burlap, or bundles of branches, and decorated with political or literary phrases in neon tubing. Merz's iconography later came to incorporate the Fibonacci formula of mathematical progression (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34...), stacked newspapers, archetypal animals, motorcycles and the table, symbol of the human need for fulfillment and interaction. This posthumous monograph is the most complete publication on the artist. It includes documentation of his entire artistic production, including paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, neon and Fibonacci series work, plus many previously unpublished materials. With a comprehensive history of Merz's career, a bibliography, a biographic chronology and critical essays, it offers a deep and deserving reflection of the artist and his significant role in twentieth-century art.
About the Author:
Mario Merz was born in Milan in 1925 and is one of the leading exponents of the Arte Povera movement.
Art critic Danilo Eccher was director of the Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea in Trento from 1989 to 1995, and the Galleria diArte Moderna in Bologna from 1996 to 2000. He has edited several titles including Gilbert & George and Boltanski.
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