Markus Karstiess, Claudio Abate, Roberth Smithson, With the Eyes of the Earth, Colli publishing platform, 500 copies, 38.5 x 28, 2018, produced for the exhibition With the Eyes of the Earth, 2018, Roma.
49 years ago Robert Smithson made his first earthwork Asphalt Rundown in October 1969 in an abandoned quarry near Rome with Galleria L’Attico. This publication brings together rare and previously unpublished material from the Archivio Claudio Abate and Fabio Sargentini (Galleria L’Attico) documenting the iconic flow and the exhibition Smithson realized inside Galleria L’Attico, as well as sculptures and video works from Markus Karstiess who made a dig for the remains of the asphalt in 2014.
In the exhibition With the Eyes of the Earth, conceived by Markus Karstiess, the artist practices what in some places might be called artistic research. That is to say, rather, Markus Karstiess is following through in a personal quest in this exhibition, into what remains of Robert Smithson’s Asphalt Rundown (1969), located in Rome. Karstiess finds himself in the combined role of artist-curator. This already provides a glimpse into the complex nature of his artistic oeuvre, a lens to the exhibition itself, which in turn consists of diverse visible and invisible individual components.
The volume, an annotated catalogue of all the artist’s editions and multiples from 1967 to the present day, is edited by Maurizio Nannucci and published by Viaindustriae with Colli publishing platform. Nannucci’s editions and multiples, which occupy a central and constant place in his work, are catalogued within the framework of this wide-ranging and prolific publication, involving leading museums, researchers and numerous international artists. The catalogue raisonné of Maurizio Nannucci Editions is organised into sections (multiples, photographs/prints/posters, catalogues, editions, artist’s books, audiovisuals, ephemera contributions) and contains chronological descriptions of his works from 1967 to the present day. Alongside these is an anthology of texts by Carlo Belloli, Christophe Cherix, Stefano Chiodi, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Gabriele Detterer, Mario Diacono, Maurizio Nannucci, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pier Luigi Tazzi and Tommaso Trini. The corpus of more than three hundred editions, including artist’s books, multiples, discs, manifestos, prints, photos, ephemera and audiovisuals, documents various moments in Nannucci’s extraordinary oeuvre, which has few parallels in the panorama of international contemporary art. This plurality of media bears witness to his interdisciplinary artistic practice, which overcomes the separations and hierarchies existing between the various forms.
Curated by Maurizio Nannucci and Emanuele Dedonno
Graphic Design: Luigi Amato.
Published by Viaindustriae publishing with Colli publishing platform
Printed by Grafiche C.M.F Foligno, (PG), Italy
Edition of 1000 copies
17 x 25 cm (softcover)
600 pages (color & b/w ill.)
price 30€ BUY NOW
The exhibition is focused on multiple neon works by Nannucci, from early Seventies, as “Asred”, “Quasi infinito” and ” Out of the blu “, to the latest “Look” and ” Listen to your eyes “, until“THINK”, specifically created for this exhibition. It is the first time that the artist gathers and presents the entire collection of his “neon multiples”, mostly published by/for institutions and museums such as the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, the Kunstverein in Cologne and in Frankfurt. The recent retrospective exhibition of Nannucci at Maxxi in Rome has already pointed out that the editions and multiples are a central practice of his work, which starting from concrete poetry and conceptual experience has opened up to a wider reflection, placing itself in dialogue with public and private spaces, leading to develop new research perspectives, new horizons of reflection. For the artist has been important the research around the reproducibility of the work of art, gradually opened to a new and democratic dimension, disseminated and “multiplied”. On this basis and these issues comes a “corpus” of over three hundred editions of artists’ books, multiples, records, posters, prints, photographs, ephemera, audiovisual and neon documenting various periods of his outstanding research, very relevant in the contemporary international art scene. This plurality of media is about an integrated artistic practice and interdisciplinary creativity ranging from multiplication fields and disciplines, overcoming the separations and existing hierarchies between the various media.
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