6 new books between Beato Angelico and Marcel Duchamp

We have selected some editorial news: monographs by Beato Angelico, Marcel Duchamp, Fulvio Roiter, design in Venice and, according to Andrea Branzi, a magazine about children and museums

This week’s selection of editorial news spans centuries with three monographs dedicated to Beato Angelico, Marcel Duchamp and Fulvio Roiter, respectively. There is also room for design with a focus on Venice and an essay by Andrea Branzi. Finally, a magazine about children and museums.

– Marco Enrico Giacomelli


Liana Castelfranchi – Renaissance Art in Europe (Jaca Book, Milan 2022²)

The recent reissue of the most important studies signed by Liana Castelfranchi (1924-2013). Roberto Longhi’s student has several advantages, including having worked in a double sense a deconstruct the exceptionalism of the Italian Renaissance. The first meaning is geographical: since the usual Italy and Flanders in 15th Century Painting (1983), and even more so in this one Renaissance art in Europe (1996, originally published with the title Fifth century art in Italy and in Europe), stressed the Milanese scholar “Mobile frontiers of art“, To quote his latest text, dated 2012, about the indisputable Italian excellence with productions beyond the Alps, from France to Germany and of course to Flanders (does that remind you of anything? Yes, that is the theme of” Renaissance “underlined by Bernard Aikema). The second meaning is historical or better of the philosophy of history: the exceptionalism of the Renaissance also decays when it is not regarded as an event that happened as if by magic, but rather placed in a context that avoids the rhetoric of the epistemological rupture in favor. of a gradation, albeit marked by some “tears”, in the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance itself.

Liana Castelfranchi - Fra Angelico (Jaca Book, Milano 2022²)
Liana Castelfranchi – Fra Angelico (Jaca Book, Milano 2022²)

In this sense, the monograph is dedicated to Blessed Angelic is a key point in the author’s intellectual parable, for here the strong thesis is argued that Angelico should be interpreted as one of the fundamental hinges of this passage from one epoch to another, and therefore as “the vanguard of humanism”, Which brings Dominican Thomism (history) and Flemish light (geography) to the papal court.

Liana Castelfranchi – Renaissance art in Europe
Jaca Book, Milano 2022²
Page 248, € 50
ISBN 9788816606692

Liana Castelfranchi – From Angelico
Jaca Book, Milano 2022²
Pages 240, € 49
ISBN 9788816606746


Jean Clair – Marcel Duchamp. The Great Illusionist (Abscondita, Milan 2022³)

Recent posts by Jean Clair whether art and its system are known. Divisible or not, but they should not make us forget his acute analyzes of the present, especially the series of essays and interventions to which he between the seventies and eighties dedicated Marcel Duchamp. Abscondita has recently put its back into circulation Marcel Duchamp. The great illusionist, published in France in 1975 and immediately translated by Cappelli, then the re-proposal of the same Abscondita in 2003 and has long been discontinued. To point out a Jean Clair that would now not be expected, the opening page, with a dedication to Harald Szeemann and three exergent quotes from Plato, Deleuze & Guattari and Bruno Bettelheim. The wise man is a deep interpretation of Large glassperformed with a parallel analysis of the work by Gaston Williams Adam de Pawlowski, which is questioned by the artist himself, but as “surprisingly, none of Duchamp’s comments have ever bothered to track and read“. This interpretive key enables Clair to work on a more scientific reading, so to speak, of Duchamp’s work by subtracting it.”eerie waters of mystagogic obsessions, […] to what is most suspicious of surrealism, namely its taste for magic and occultismFrom this reading you can so easily take two paths and follow both: visit the exhibition at Surrealism and magic to the Guggenheim Collection in Venice and read Duchamp. The science of art (2019) by Marco Senaldi.

Jean Clair – Marcel Duchamp. The great illusionist
Abscondita, Milano 2022³
Page 144, 19 €
ISBN 9788884169815


Fulvio Roiter – High Rise New York (Skira, Milan 2022)

The opportunity to discover, rediscover and deepen the work with Fulvio Roiter (Meolo, 1926 – Venice, 2016) was delivered in 2018 by a great flashback designed by Denis Curti for the Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice. This book edited by Victoria Noel-Johnson allows you to dedicate yourself in a specific and vertical way – in every sense – to the vision of New York activated by the photographer, an overview in 35 shots made between 1984 and 1998. The same photographs were exhibited on the twentieth anniversary on September 11, when skyline citizen changed within a few tens of dramatic minutes after the attack on the Twin Towers.

Victoria Noel-Johnson – Fulvio Roiter. High-rise New York
Skira, Milan 2022
Page 128, € 37
ISBN 9788857247168


Andrea Branzi – Interior or exterior. For a new charter for Athens (Libri Scheiwiller, Milan 2022)

Architect and designer born in 1938, Andrew Branzi he is also a prolific and inspiring essayist. The workhorse of his thinking is the application of critical thinking to “modernist myths”, To quote Rosalind Krauss, in the direction of a weakening, which, however, does not result in skeptical sophistication and passivity, but rather in the inexhaustible search for greater awareness of one’s own thinking and action. This path, marked by a context that was already evident in his anthology Presocratic writings written between 1972 and 2009 (anthology published by Franco Angeli in 2010), is renewed in this latest effort, which invites rethink the very heart of (architectural) modernismthat Athens charter promoted in 1938 by Le Corbusier. Perhaps the most disturbing shock is located in the chapter on Non-architectural civilizations: “Europe and the West have always regarded constructive activity as the highest moment in a civilization […]. This interpretation of the universal role of architecture stems from a Eurocentric limitation of our culture, which tends to interpret its own civil and cultural model as a framework of objective values ​​to which all other civilizations spontaneously refer.“.

Andrea Branzi – Indoors or outdoors. For a new charter for Athens
Scheiwiller Books, Milano 2022
Pages 160, € 34.90
ISBN 9788876446771


Luca Berta & Francesca Giubilei – Hybrid Venice. Designing a self-portrait (Quodlibet, Macerata 2022)

This is a book about design, about forms of self-representation and about Venice, in a time of accelerated transformation mixed with anxiety, hope, disorientation and the perception of incipient states. In this sense, it is also, incidentally and simultaneously, the catalog of the third edition of the Venice Design Biennial“. The presentation says it all. We add a few not indifferent details: the first concerns the quality of the book, whether it is the mix of papers used, the graphic layout, the handling of the images, the quality of the presented projects; the other concerns the texts, the interest of which certifies that it is “randomly and simultaneously”From the catalog of an exhibition – and in particular we point to the essay With the title Matylda Krzykowski Animal spirit. The environment built in a hybrid erawhere is it to lead the reflection are the much hated pigeonsthe same animal protagonists in one of the most stimulating chapters of Chthlucene by Donna Haraway.

Luca Berta & Francesca Giubilei – Hybrid Venice: Designing a Self-Portrait
Quodlibet, Macerata 2022
Page 240, 32 €
ISBN 9788822908148


Children’s and Museum Magazine No. 1

A new semi-annual with free circulation, published by the Neapolitan Cultural Association étant donnés and supported by funds from the 8 × 1000 earmarked for the Waldenses Church. This is the minimum identikit of Children and museums – state-of-the-art citizen magazine. There is to direct it Viola De Vivowith a goal that she herself sets herself intoEditorial of opening: “The children’s and museum magazine rejects the relationship to art from an unusual perspective: the theme of childhood and museum education […] will be the focal point of a dedicated periodical publication, which we hope will set in motion an organic reflection on cultural heritage education aimed at childrenOur best wishes!

Children’s and Museum Magazine No. 1
given data, Naples 2021
Page 50, free
ISSN 2785-3322

Marco Enrico Giacomelli

Professional journalist and Ph.D. in aesthetics he studied philosophy at the universities of Turin, Paris8 and Bologna. He collaborated on “Abécédaire de Michel Foucault” (Mons-Paris 2004) and “Abécédaire de Jacques Derrida” (Mons-Paris 2007). Among his publications: “Ascendances et filiations foucaldiennes en Italie: the operaïsme en perspective” (Paris 2004; trad. Sp., Buenos Aires 2006; trad. It., Rom 2010), “Another Italian Anomaly? On Embedded Critics” (Trieste ) 2005), “La Nuovelle École Romaine” (Paris 2006), “A philosopher between pataphysics and surrealism. René Daumal from Grand Jeu to Hinduism” (Rome 2011), “An entire pop. A path between art and writing in the work of Mike Kelley “(Milan 2014),” A look at contemporary Italian art of the XXI century “(Paris 2016, with Arianna Testino). As a translator he has published texts by Augé, Bourriaud, Deleuze, Groys and Revel. In 2014, he curated the exhibition (at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan) and the book (published by Marsilio) “Achille Compagnoni. Beyond the K2”. In 2018, he cured the 10th edition of Via del Sale in ten cities in Alta Langa and Val Bormida. He has given seminars and lectures in several institutions and universities, including Cattolica, IULM, University of Milan-Bicocca and Brera Academy of Milan, Bolzano Free University, Alma Mater in Bologna, LUISS in Rome, IUAV and Ca ‘Foscari in Venice, Albertina- the Academy of Turin. He writes (together with Massimiliano Tonelli) the section dedicated to contemporary art in the annual report “I am culture” produced by the Symbola Foundation. He teaches critical writing at NABA in Milan. He is the Vice Editor of Artribune and the CEO of Artribune Magazine.

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