Ilaria Bernardi, Giulio Paolini. Works on Paper: A Gestural Lab for the Perception of the Image
Presentation of catalogue
Although Giulio Paolini is one of the internationally best-known Italian artists, the body of his works on paper – that is small and medium drawings and collages – has so far been surprisingly unexplored, largely unpublished and has never been subject of scientific research, neither of publications nor of reasoned cataloging.
The monograph by Ilaria Bernardi is the first study on this topic, focusing on the first twenty years of activity on paper by the artist, from 1960 to 1980, because this initial activity is more autonomous than the other types of production he created in the same years – that is paintings, sculptures, installations and graphics editions.
Also thanks to the numerous and unpublished statements made by Paolini and collected by the author, the book explores his creative procedure, identifying for the first time his iconographic and conceptual sources, the value of the materials used, and above all his distinctive gestures that reveal the visual operation of each work.
Speakers: Ilaria Bernardi (author of the book, Art historian and curator), Elio Grazioli (Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art History), Andrea Viliani (Director of the Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Arts/Museum MADRE, Napoli), Denis Viva (Art historian and curator)