Writings by artist
  • Andy Warhol

    Sarò il tuo specchio. Interviste ad Andy Warhol

    curated by Alain Cueff
    pages: 344
    format: 16,5 x 24 cm
    date of publication: December 2007
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 9788877572264


    “The interviews collected here – from the first, given in 1962, to the last, published after his death in 1987 – allow us to appreciate Warhol’s constancy and his ability to continue to play the part of a sort of Sphinx swearing it has no enigma to offer.” (Alain Cueff).

    There is probably no cultural personality who has been interviewed as frequently as Andy Warhol. His figure was perennially associated with the media and wherever he went, the press followed him. As far as possible, this book presents Warhol in all his dimensions over the twenty-five years he was in the spotlight. There are pieces focusing on every area of his vast oeuvre and voracious life: Andy as painter, filmmaker, publisher, promoter, performer, printmaker, photographer, author and videographer; there are interviews that illustrate Andy’s views on other artists; the experience of going shopping with him; what his feelings were about New York; how he perceived his Catholicism. Although we have tried to maintain a certain chronological balance, more than half of the interviews date from the 1960s, considered the most important period of his life. No changes have been made to the interviews, nor have revised versions of the texts been included.


    Original title: I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR. Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, 1962-1987 (edited by Kenneth Goldsmith), Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York 2004.

  • Giorgio Griffa


    text by Giorgio Griffa
    pages: 160
    format: 16,5 x 23,5 cm
    date of publication: July 2005
    images: 70 col.
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian/English
    isbn 9788877571922


    This book is published on the occasion of the solo exhibition held at Institut Malthildenhöhe in Darmstadt from July 23rd to September 4th 2005. It collects 70 drawings by the artist and his text concerning some reflections over the contemporary painting role.

    “These notes are for those who think my paintings are a more or less elegant exercise in decorative aestheticism. I would like to tell them that I believe and trust in the lyrical value of color and signs, but I do not think of painting, and art in general, as an escape from reality, a free zone. Just the opposite: I believe art continues to be a tool of awareness and therefore of immersion in reality.” (Giorgio Griffa)

    Giorgio Griffa was born in Turin in 1936. Since 1968 he has held about one hundred solo shows in public and private spaces, including the 39th Venice Biennial in 1980, and the GAM in Turin in 2001-02. He has published the following texts: Non c’è rosa senza spine (Ed. Martano, Turin 1975); Cani sciolti antichisti (Martano and Samanedizioni, Genoa 1980); Drugstore Parnassus (Martano and Ottenhausen Verlag, Aachen 1981); In nascita di Cibera (Studio Noacco, Chieri 1989); 434-442-443-... (Ed. Franco Masoero, Turin 1992); Il principio di indeterminazione (Ed. Maestri Incisori, Milan 1994); Di segno in segno (with Martina Corgnati - Ed. Stefano Fumagalli, Bergamo 1995); Come un dialogo (Lorenzelli Arte, Milan 1997); Approdo a Gilania (Galleria Giancarlo Salzano, Turin 1998); Intelligenza della materia (Galleria Giancarlo Salzano, Turin 2000); 60 schizzi da opere 1968/2000 e un testo (Ed. Franco Masoero, Turin 2000); Nelle orme dei Cantos (Libri Scheiwiller, Milan 2001).

  • Mario Merz

    Voglio fare subito un libro

    curated by Beatrice Merz
    introduction by Harald Szeemann
    pages: 172
    format: 16,5 x 23,5 cm
    date of publication: April 2005
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 9788877571915


    This book is a new, revised and corrected edition of the artist’s writings first published in 1985. In line with the work system adopted by Mario Merz, the transcription of the texts does not maintain a chronological order, but identifies three moments of typological distinction in which different referential identities emerge in the development of the writing.

    “Voglio fare subito un libro” (I want to make a book right now) is a collection of published and unpublished texts written by Mario Merz up to 1985, in which the dialogue between the ’forces’ of art and those of literature erupts at times luxuriantly and brilliantly and at times harshly and critically; it is concentrated or dispersed in various topics that flow through the pages like a river in flood. The poetic freedoms that Mario Merz appropriates in the act of writing are interwoven with suggestions and references to his art. An art managed on the basis of inventions: of architectural structures (the progression of tables, spirals or the better-known igloos...), of pictorial constructions (which have developed since the birth of Merz the artist), on the natural cyclical and numerical development of the elements (the application of Fibonacci’s numerical progression), on the use of materials rejected by society (broken glass, old newspapers...), on strategic statements (“Se il nemico si concentra perde terreno, se si disperde perde forza”, “Objet cache-toi”, “Città irreale…”) which are included in his works as axioms and emerge as traces in the reading of this book.” Harald Szeemann

  • Pellizza Da Volpedo

    Pellizza da Volpedo. Diari torinesi 1891

    pages: 55
    format: 12 x 15 cm
    date of publication: May 2000
    images: 28
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 9788877571151


    This small book collects and orders chronologically most of the notes written by Giuseppe Pellizza in Turin in September-October 1891, when he tried his hand in the competition for the national artistic pension. The notes belong to three different notebooks, one of which is preserved in Giuseppe Pellizza’s studio-museum in Volpedo. The transcriptions are by Pierluigi Pernigotti for the Volpedo notebook, and Virgilio Giacomo Bono and Aurora Scotti Tosini for the other two.

  • Giulio Paolini. Da oggi a ieri

    texts by Pier Giovanni Castagnoli, Daniel Soutif, Giulio Paolini, Maddalena Disch, Moreno Bucci, Daniela Lancioni
    pages 160
    format 21 x 28 cm
    date of publication May 1999
    binding: paperback
    images 112
    language: italian
    isbn 98877570989


    A leading figure on the contemporary art scene, Giulio Paolini has since the beginning of the 1960s undertaken constant and unceasing research into the complex interweaving of relationships that take place in the sphere of visual experience and pictorial practice, between image and gaze, artist and spectator, past and present, time and space. The exhibition that this catalogue accompanies presents the figures and imaginative territories most assiduously frequented by the artist through forty years of work. In addition to a rich set of images, the catalogue includes a critical text by Pier Giovanni Castagnoli, an essay by Daniel Soutif, texts and projects by the artist, an essay by Maddalena Disch, another by Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco, a photographic essay by Paolo Mussat Sartor, a biographical note by Daniela Lancioni and biographical and bibliographical apparatus by Maddalena Disch.

  • Giulio Paolini

    Contemplator Enim

    pages: 42
    format: 28 x 37 cm
    date of publication: March 1991
    images: 7
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian/English
    isbn 9887757030X


    The book, like Giulio Paolini’s works themselves, is coherently suspended between the visible and the invisible, the defined and the unresolved. Once again the artist looks at the riddle of his work as a participatory author and critic, in a dynamic progress, preserving intact the attitudes of wonder through which he fascinates the spectator with whom he identifies. In his book, the artist uses seven rooms – as many places of refraction, reference and accumulation, where anything can happen – to allow or suggest to the reader, who is mirrored in the work, the activation of an exchange of role and experience, to explore what happens outside and inside himself. The book features the photographic collaboration of Paolo Mussat Sartor.