A catalogue of the art collection of Milanese businessman and collector Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, this glitzy showcase concentrates on minimalist sculpture, conceptual and installation art, and abstract expressionism. In a lengthy interview with Knight, art critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Panza makes extravagant claims for some of his favorite contemporary artists, among them Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra and Bruce Nauman. The first half of the album spotlights works by these and other talents, including Rothko, Oldenburg, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg and Jean Fautrier, whose mixed-media paintings resemble paleolithic fossils or embryos. The volume's second half, a crowded photodocumentation of Panza's entire collection, includes Franz Kline, Joseph Beuys, Robert Mangold among others. Notes on the individual artists would have been helpful. (July)
Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, an Italian industrialist, has assembled one of the world's finest collections of contemporary art. This book is essentially a catalog of the collectiona truly representative sampling of abstract, conceptual, and minimalist art, sculpture, and photography that serves as an inventory of the eclectic and probing artistic visions of the 1960s and 1970s. The work shown here often stretches mainstream notions of ``art.'' In 1984, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles acquired 80 of the collection's 500 works, prompting Los Angeles art critic Christopher Knight's conversational interview with Panza, included here. Well organized, with fine illustrations; highly recommended. David Bryant, Belleville P.L., N.J.