CATALOGUES

First tome
Second tome
Third tome / part 1
Third tome / part 2

First tome

 

ALIGHIERO BOETTI
GENERAL CATALOGUE
FIRST TOME
EDITED BY: Archivio Alighiero Boetti
SCIENTIFIC DIRECTION: Jean Christophe Ammann
PUBLISHER: Electa
PAGES: 376
ILLUSTRATIONS: 450
RELEASE DATE: december 2009

 

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In the series of general catalogs and reasoned of the great artists, Electa publishes the first of four volumes of the complete works of Alighiero Boetti, dedicated to works created between 1961 and 1971.

The catalog, curated by the under the direction of Jean-Christophe Ammann and the support of the scientific committee of Achille Bonito Oliva, Laura Cherubini, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Giorgio Verzotti, is just the beginning of a work to systematize the full and wide production of Boetti.

This first volume is an invaluable reference tool, a code to decipher the mechanisms of conceptual artistic career of Boetti. In addition to the introductory essay by J. C. Ammann, who proposes an innovative interpretation of the work boettiana, there is a detailed chronology general by Annemarie Sauzeau (“Works and Days”) full of images, some of which, the artist’s life and available through the references present in the tabs of the individual works, belonging not only to the first volume, but also to the next. Finally the devices contain the updated bibliography and history of all the exhibits.
The first volume will do so as a pivot for the consultation of the other three. The second volume, scheduled for 2012, will be dedicated to the works of the years 1972 to 1979, the third and the fourth volume will be for the years 1980-1985 and 1986-1994.

This publication states, finally, the collaboration between the Archive Alighiero Boetti Alighiero e Boetti and the Foundation, the first dedicated precisely to the cataloging, the second and the promotion of the works of the artist.

Second tome

 

ALIGHIERO BOETTI
GENERAL CATALOGUE
SECOND TOME
EDITED BY: Archivio Alighiero Boetti
SCIENTIFIC DIRECTION: Jean Christophe Ammann
PUBLISHER: Electa
PAGES: 432
ILLUSTRATIONS: 1200
RELEASE DATE: october 2012

 

The catalog is on sale at the Archive. For information: info@archivioalighieroboetti.it

“… I think that I place in a research situation, in the sense of an attitude of attention and curiosity that allows you to see a lot of things and a lot of fun with the world, behind whose appearances are of incredible magic: magic of words , magic numbers … ”
Alighiero Boetti

Electa published the second volume of the catalog of Alighiero Boetti that is the crucial period of his poetic conceptual maps, postal works, works in pen. These and other works created between 1972 and 1979 are the most important the artist produced and emphasize the fundamentals of his work: diversity, difference and repetition; fragmentation, mutation and profusion.
1972 was also the year at which he decides to enter an “and” between the first and last name thus highlighting the duality of his identity, the splitting twin, the otherness that is the origin of the principle of delegation, ie the split between ideation, of which the artist is the creator, and execution of the work that can in fact be made by a community of labor, a skilled labor, as in the case of the Afghan embroiderers.
A happy coincidence meant that three museums of absolute importance (the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London and the MoMA in New York) have agreed to dedicate the 2011-2012 work of Alighiero Boetti a retrospective very important, whose final stage coincides with the output of this Volume.

Third tome / part 1

 

ALIGHIERO BOETTI
GENERAL CATALOGUE
THIRD TOME / PART 1
EDITED BY: Archivio Alighiero Boetti
SCIENTIFIC DIRECTION: Jean Christophe Ammann
PUBLISHED: Electa
PAGES: 208
ILLUSTRATION: 301
RELEASE DATE: june 2015

 

The catalog is on sale at the Archive. For information: info@archivioalighieroboetti.it

The third tome of the General Catalog catalogs the works created between 1980 and 1987. A decade full of changes, from the great production of the delegated works, such as the Maps, the Tutto, the big Embroidery, the Airplanes or the Biro to works on paper with the great cycles and the numerous sheets with the narrative paths traced with the artist’s own hand.

This tome begins in the background of a violent and deeply sad change for Boetti. In 1980, due to the war in Afghanistan, Boetti can no longer return there, and follows the work remotely, with difficulty. The works like the Maps, the Tutto and the big Embroidery of the 80s were therefore started in the late ’70s.
At least until the mid-80s, Boetti did not undertake other embroideries because of the remoteness and operational structures threatened there in Afghanistan, and will begin to start new ones only towards the end of the decade in Pakistan but still continuing to work with his hands Afghans in refugee camps.
A transition to a new mode of production, but which will mainly concern the works of the 4th tome.
Instead, in the first half of the 1980s, Boetti noticeably accelerates the production of Biro and Airplanes that will be almost completely exhausted in the early 90s.

The decision to divide this tome into two parts was dictated by Boetti’s own work. The sharp increase in production of these years and the complexity of implementation pertinent to the catalog itself means that it was decided to treat the works of the 80s in two parts and changing the methodology.
In fact, if in the first two tomes, the works are cataloged chronologically, in this tome (both the first and the second part) the cataloging is and will be done by type and within each nucleus, the works are reorganized chronologically.
The first part of the third tome catalogs the Maps, the Tutto, the big Embroidery, the Biro and the Biro Airplanes made between 1980 and 1987.
All types already started in the 70s and who know their affirmation in the 80s. Great works, in terms of size and notoriety. All “delegate” works therefore made through the hands of others.

Third tome / part 2

 

ALIGHIERO BOETTI
GENERAL CATALOGUE
THIRD TOME / PART 2
EDITED BY: Archivio Alighiero Boetti
SCIENTIFIC DIRECTION: Mark Godfrey
UNDER PROCESSING

 

 

 

The current scientific direction of the second part of the Third Tome is entrusted to Mark Godfrey, young curator of the Tate Modern and esteemed art historian (author of a recent Alighiero Boetti monograph and co-curator of the Game Plan exhibition, which saw the Alighiero Boetti’s work in the three offices of Tate, Moma and Reina Sofia).
In resuming, with enthusiasm and esteem, the reins of the work on the General Catalog, Godfrey underlined the continuity with the methodological approach of his predecessors Annemarie Sauzeau and Jean-Christophe Ammann, who disappeared recently, in 2014 and 2015, which gave body not only to the previous volumes, but provided the structural imprint for the possible classification of the whole work of Alighiero Boetti. At the same time, the English curator has redefined and updated the boundaries of publication in a more modern sense, linked to new interpretations of the work.
The Committee of Honor, which offers its approval and its supervision, is composed of Lynne Cooke, Sir Nicholas Serota, Philippe Vergne and Achille Bonito Oliva, while the Scientific Committee by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Laura Cherubini and Giorgio Verzotti.

This second part follows, obviously, the chronological arc of the first, from 1980 to 1987, but the works are of a completely different nature. Compared to the Biro and the Airplanes, the big embroideries, as well as the Maps, the works, object of study of this new volume, are more ‘personal’, sometimes private, often realized by Boetti without delegation and constituted mostly by works on paper. A large quantity of heterogeneous sheets, dimensions and iconographies is at the center of crucial years for the artist – often reflecting changes – who sees the possibility of Afghanistan being barred (only in 1986 will he start a new possible production in Pakistan), which undergoes changes in personal life (including the painful separation from Annemarie Sauzeau) and a change in the tunnel, and therefore the market, compared to the seventies. A complex decade of emptiness and impasse, which results in a new creative vitality and a ‘revolution’ of new cycles (La natura, una faccenda ottusa, Calligraphy, Covers, Clessidra cerniera e viceversa, etc.)

In addition to the works on paper, in the second part, will be present, even the small embroidery (which testify and reconstruct the beginning of production in Pakistan highlighting the continuity attempt and at the same time the changes compared to the embroideries of the ’70s), the editions (smaller than the previous decade) and the ‘Arte Povera’ remake, or a core of works in which Boetti, especially on occasions of exhibitions, rebuilt the destroyed or missing works or no longer owned by the 60s and 70s and in particular of Arte Povera.

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