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Lucio Fontana Ambienti Spaziali: Architecture, Art, Environments    

Hardcover – August 7, 2012


The master of Spatialism and the inevitable merge of art and architecture, Lucio Fontana. An unparalleled exhibition catalogue of Lucio Fontana’s architectural work. For the first time in the United States, the exhibition Lucio Fontana: Ambienti Spaziali presents a substantial number of the spatial environments conceived by the artist between 1948 and 1968, works that can be regarded as forerunners of the environments created by figures such as Allan Kaprow and Robert Irwin and the light art of the likes of Dan Flavin and Bruce Nauman. The book reproduces all the works in the exhibition, including drawings, sketches, environments, sculptures, and paintings.

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A Passion For Jean Prouvé

The Laurence And Patrick Seguin Collection

My favorite furniture designer/architectThe esteemed collectors Laurence and Patrick Seguin first discovered the work of Jean Prouvé in the late 1980s, and were quick to embrace his entire aesthetic vision, from architectural design to furniture. “There is no difference between constructing a piece of furniture and constructing a building,” Prouvé once famously said, and the Seguins have modeled their collection around his stance, becoming major advocates and disseminators of his work in France. This gorgeously produced volume, which presents the Seguins’ Prouvé collection for the first time, consequently provides a comprehensive overview of their holdings. An entire chapter is devoted to Prouvé works at the Seguins’ Paris residence. Other sections include an examination of Prouvé’s relevance to contemporary art; a chapter on Prouvé’s Aluminum Métropole House, a structure that exemplifies the brilliance of Prouvé’s architectural work; and a survey of around 40 pieces, most of which are prototypes or rarities, from the armchair designed for the University of Nancy in 1932, to the light armchair created for the University of Antony in 1954, to the African furniture. These are supplemented by archival documents (sketches, models, photographs, etc. and detailed analysis. Also included is a wealth of photo-documentation of the exhibition this volume accompanies, held at the famous former Fiat building in Turin, Italy–once described by Le Corbusier as “one of the most impressive sights in industry” and recently rebuilt into a modern shopping/cultural complex by Renzo Piano, a longstanding admirer of Prouvé.

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