Italian Visual Poetry 1912–1972
New York: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 1973.
First printing. 78 pp., 8.25 x 11 inches. Plastic comb binding in printed card covers. Illustrated throughout in black-and-white and color. Very light soiling to covers and age-toning to page edges, but still about fine. Item #4570
Uncommon catalogue of an exhibition held at the Finch College Museum in Manhattan, and at the Civic Gallery in Turin, Italy. Ballerini, who coordinated the exhibition, contributes an introduction, “60 Years of Visual Writing,” which is followed by a catalogue of works exhibited (168 pieces by 55 artists), artist biographies and statements, an anthology of illustrated essays (by F. T. Marinetti, Anna and Martino Oberto, Ugo Carrega, Mario Diacono, Daniela Palazzoli, Eugenio Miccini and Michele Perfetti, and Arrigo Lora-Totino), and an extensive bibliography of books, anthologies, group exhibitions, and magazines.
Artists in the exhibition include not only the likely suspects (Apollinaire, Marinetti, Depero, Diacono, Lora-Totino, Miccini, Nannucci, Nicolai, Spatola, etc.) but others better known in allied fields, such as painting (Ballo, Carra, Severini, Baruchello) and music (Russolo, Bussotti, Chiari, Parmiggiani). Though most of the statements that accompany the biographies are by the artists themselves, several are by other notable figures in the field, such as Mary Ellen Solt, Nanny Cagnone, Tomaso Kemeny, and Jan van der Marck.