The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition Drawing Marble organized by Comune di Carrara and held at the Academy of Fine Arts from October 23rd 2004 to February 26th 2005.
The purpose was to bring together fourty artists – sculptors but also architects, designers, photographers and painters – to test the possibility to make this traditionally “cold” material a great author of modernity. The book collects works of art characterized by linguistic and stylistic elements which can be translated on marble. The birth of the project and its artistic and linguistic motivations is to unifie artists coming from different experiences and studies (such as sculpture, painting, photography, installation, video, design, architecture), not necessarily using the marble as means of expression. The artists involved in this experience made a drawing or a project to be transferred on a page of marble measuring 200x150x3 cm, to be incised, also in colours, or elaborated with other techniques suggested by the artist. This book points out the birth of the project and its artistic and linguistic motivations, biographic and bibliographic information about the artists, going to go beyond the boundaries of plastic art to take up all the different three-dimensional techniques typical of the XX century.
The artists in the book are: Stephen Antonakos, Rinaldo Bigi, Enrica Borghi, Andrea Branzi, Gao Brothers, Simon Callery, Bruno Ceccobelli, Mario Ceroli, Joan Fontcuberta, Omar Galliani, Marco Gastini, Susy Gomez, Franco Guerzoni, Joseph Kosuth, Nicolas Leiva, Luigi Mainolfi, Javier Marín, Eliseo Mattiacci, Nino Migliori, Aldo Mondino, Gian Marco Montesano, Giordano Montorsi, Max Neuhaus, Nunzio, Perino & Vele, Vettor Pisani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Carol Rama, Nicola Salvatore, Denis Santachiara, Alberto Terrile, Ivan Theimer, Enzo Tinarelli, Grazia Toderi, Vito Tongiani, David Tremlett, Antonio Trotta, Luisa Valentini, Fabio Viale, Bernd Zimmer, Gilberto Zorio.