Il Modo Italiano: Italian Design and Avant-Garde in the 20th Century

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This catalog edited by Cogeval (Edouard Vuillard) and Bosoni (Max Huber) accompanies an exhibition curated and mounted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In eight chapters of explanation and discussion, various experts review and detail a specific area e.g., architecture, modern art of Italian design in the 20th century. Following this are nearly 300 pages of illustrative examples explicating the points made by the various discussants. The volume, arranged chronologically into four definitive periods of cultural discourse, is well produced, with heavy glossy paper and crisp photographs in both color and black and white. But the discussions, each penned by a different person, do not flow very well, nor are the essays tied together in any coherent fashion. This is a volume for an art catalog collection, but it is not particularly accessible or engaging to the more general reader or artist. Alex Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Williamsport, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788876245374
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 7/18/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Of the Modo Italiano and its ways history of the "things," expressions and symbols of Italian creativity 15
Architectural culture and industrial design in Italy 27
From artists-artisans to architect-designers 41
From abstract-concrete to concrete the postwar period to the economic miracle 57
"Good design is good business" : promoting postwar Italian design in America 69
Touche! : Italian design inspires Canada 81
Italian ways in contemporary art 91
A l'italienne ... 103
Catalogue of exhibited works
Bondless optimism 109
Monumentality and rationalism 141
Reconstruction and the economic miracle 211
Postmodern testing ground 263
Conversation with Gillo Dorfles 323
Conversation with Ettore Sottsass 329
Conversation with Enzo Mari 335
Conversation with Alessandro Mendini 341
Conversation with Gaetano Pesce 347
Conversation with Mario Bellini 351
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