Fifty Years of Art Graphics
Starting from the work of one of the leading members of the Italian Transavanguardia movement, this catalog about art books and graphics underlines, thanks to a broad array of images and written contributions, the relevance of these graphic and editorial productions as fundamental aspects of the contemporary artistic practice. “A life without books is possible, but it has no direction,” states Bern Klüser, a gallerist and close collaborator of Cucchi. These words perfectly express the importance that Cucchi gives to his art books and graphics. For the artist, books register the creative evolution of an author, collecting memories of past events and collaborations. But they are also autonomous tools for the propagation of art into everyday reality, becoming objects of affection. Published on the occasion of the namesake exhibition at m.a.x. Museum in Chiasso, Switzerland, this book is the first catalog dedicated solely to Cucchi's editorial projects and graphics, from the 1970s to the present day, with more than a hundred plates, ordered chronologically, including faithful photographic reproductions as well as detailed information. Cucchi never ceased producing books and graphics, and this catalog bears testimony to his passionate commitment. [publisher’s note]
Edited by Alessandro Cucchi and Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini; with texts by Brunella Antomarini, Mario Botta, Alessandro Cucchi, Davide Dosi, Paolo Marasca, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini, and Alfredo Taroni.