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   Apr 12 2018 4:29 AM  

Modern Art
BOLAFFIARTE was born from a joint-venture between Alberto Bolaffi Jr. and Giorgio Mondadori in 1970 and was among the first Italian art magazines. And if it was not the first, certainly was the only one to combine art and market. One of the most successful insights, aimed to create the collector, has been the creation of “Le Copertine Firmate” (Signed Covers). The editor in chief, Umberto Allemandi, who later will establish his own publishing house obviously devoted to figurative arts, mustered more than one hundred painters and sculptors. They were asked to create an original work to be published in front of the magazine, that already had thousands of readers. Most of these artists already enjoyed international fame, others had just begun their journey into the world of painting or sculpture. All together formed a formidable team of actors meant to illuminate the 20th century art scene.Mostly it was the magazine to propose the themes to be developed: The alphabet, Arabic numerals, the deadly sins, the Liberal Arts, the colours of the Rainbow, the nine Muses, the five senses and business acumen, the seeds and the figures of playing cards, the signs of the Zodiac. Sometimes the artists were given the freedom to choose their subject. For each work there was a limited run of 5000 copies, each signed, numbered and marked with the dry punch of the publishing house to guarantee the originality of the signature, i.e. the cachet d’atelier. Among the techniques used there were photolithography, screen printing, embossing and in some very rare cases even collage. The printing was at the highest level, cured in every detail. Standard four-colour printing was seldom used, most of the times were used five, six and up to nine colours.But an important and characteristic feature of the Collezione Bolaffi, was the great expressive freedom. Indeed, it brings together not only all the pictorial and sculptural styles but also all schools and trends appeared in the 20th century, thus allowing the reader to enjoy everything, like a big mosaic reproducing the whole artistic production. No distinction was made, no biased exclusion either. In this kermesse were involved figurative and conceptual artists as well as abstractionists and informalists, minimalists, hyperrealists and every kind of art of the 20th century.The artists:Valerio Adami, Raphael Alberti, Luca Alinari, Enrico Baj, Max Bill, Joseph Beuys, Floriano Bodini, Fernando Botero, Brassai, Chris Burden, Corrado Cagli, Alexander Calder, Domenico Cantatore, Arturo Carmassi, Eugenio Carmi, Bruno Caruso, Michele Cascella, Pietro Cascella, Cesar, Fabrizio Clerici, Pietro Consagra, Flavio Costantini, Leonardo Cremonini, Paul Davis, Giorgio de Chirico, Sonia Delaunaj, Armando De Stefano, Pablo Echaurren, Lucio Fanti, Giosetta Fioroni, Lothar Fisher, Pietro Gallina, Giorgio Giusti, Hubertus Gojowczyk, Emilio Graco, Ezio Gribaudo, Piero Guccione, Giuseppe Guerreschi, Guy Harloff, Edward Kienholz, Allen Jones, Ibrahim Kodra, Jiri Kolàr, Wilfredo Lam, Pierluigi Lavagnino, Giacomo Manzù, Marino Marini, Gino Marotta, Eliseo Mattiacci, Mario Merz, Joan Mirò (two artworks), Aldo Mondino, Henry Moore, Ennio Morlotti, Ugo Nespolo (two artworks), Germano Olivotto, Romano Parmeggiani, Claudio Parmiggiani, Victor Pasmore, Alicia Penalba, Tullio Pericoli,Achille Perilli, Cesare Peverelli, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Fabrizio Plessi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giò PomodoroConcetto Pozzati (two artworks), Ivan Rabuzin, Mario Radice, Man Ray, Robert Rauschemberg, Mauro Reggiani (two artworks), James Rosenquist, Mimmo Rotella, Giuseppe Santomaso, Sergio Saroni, Sergio Sarri, Emilio Scanavino, Mario Schifano, Luigi Spacal, Daniel Spoerri, Gino Stefanoni, Graham Sutherland, Emilio Tadini, Joe Tilson, Vito Tognoli, Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni, Roland Topor, Lorenzo Tornabuoni, Valeriano Trubbiani (two artworks), Giulio Turcato, Giuliano Vangi, Ben Vautier, Emilio Vedova, Vladimir Velickovic (two artworks), Claudio Verna, Renzo Vespignani, Renato Volpini, Wolf Vostell, Andy Warhol, Cesare Zavattini.

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