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ALIGHIERO E BOETTI: OLTRE IL LIBRO/BEYOND BOOKS. Ed. by Giorgio Maffei and Maura Picciau. Corraini Edizioni, Mantua, 2011. Distributed 2015 in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 320 pp. with 164 ills. (149 col.) and 174 reference ills. (96 col.). 24 x 17 cm. ISBN 9788875703172 Bilingual in Italian and English.
This book is published in conjunction with a 2011 traveling exhibition by the same name that opened in Mantua, and also derives from the research carried out for the "AlighieroBoetti. Tuttolibro" exhibition held at the National Modern Art Gallery, Rome, in 2004. The ISBN appears on the back cover only. Publisher's description: Beyond Books is the first publication to focus on the books and printed matter of Alighiero Boetti (1940-94), including his artist's books, posters, exhibition invitations and work emerging from his long association with the newspaper Il Manifesto. Printed matter, text and language were critical for the artist, who believed "if you really want something, get it down in writing." A pioneer of the artist's book, Boetti used the particularities of the format to penetrate beyond surface appearances--for example in his legendary 1977 book Classifying the Thousand Longest Rivers in the World, which lists the world's longest rivers and their lengths in a deadpan attempt to order the disorderly natural world. This volume explores the development of a new concept of the book in Boetti's oeuvre, where reading and looking become part of the same aesthetic experience.
Artist(s):Boetti, Alighiero
Indexing: Western, Europe — Italy — Post-1970 — Several Media — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166969
Paperbound $55.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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