[Milan]: Edizione Castelli e Rosati, . Offset. In sewn fold binding in corrugated cardboard boards with original brightly illustrated dust jacket. Unpaginated [26 leaves], with 3 mounted plates, 5 plates, and 1 inserted leaf. Text in English and French. 9 1⁄4 x 11 5⁄8 in. First Edition, signed by the author and stamped with his fingerprint on page preceding half-title. Library and “withdrawn” stamp on front flyleaf. Very good; edgewear and discoloration to dust jacket, second mounted plate slightly loose from binding on bottom edge, otherwise tight and clean. Item #6593
The semi-autobiographical artists’ book made by Gianni Bertini, an Italian artist who developed MecArt, work that recalls the productive pace of Pop Art but with a more explicitly critical orientation by way of postwar consumer culture.
Images culled from mass-culture (in a highly emphasized mode of “Recherché”) were restructured by means of Bertini’s own industrial and mechanical processes, involving screenprints and photo-reproductions. Accordingly, the works compiled in the book bring together textual fragments with stunning, highly modified images from magazines and mass-culture.
The book is introduced by French critic Noël Arnaud, who writes that “All the beings who fed our dreams, or the dullest hours of our sight, after which we sighed, or whom we reproached, and whom we pleasurably banished to the closets of fiction, are brought here to real existence by the demonic grace of Bertini.”.