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The Picture Man

It’s an existence full of twists and turns that of Gusmano Cesaretti, a famous Italian photographer naturalized American. We want to retrace a brief part of his story through an interview conducted in 2018 by photographer and creative director Stefano Lemon.

The line as a metaphor for life

Taking the occasion of our re – edition of «Linea»,a delightful typographic children’s book originally published in 1999, scholar and typographer Alessandro Corubolo pays tribute to Alessandro Zanella, an extraordinary Veronese private printer, publisher, artist and friend.

The Billboard Liberation Front Handbook

The Billboard Liberation Front, founded by Jack Napier and Irving Glikk in 1977, devoted itself to altering large billboards, particularly those of major brands such as McDonald’s and Apple, by twisting their message with text or image changes as a form of taking over spaces dominated by commercial communication.

The mannequin watching us

Some reflections by philosopher and professor of Aesthetics Andrea Pinotti, contained in Guido Scarabottolo’s book: «I ragazzi del bazar di Kashan».

Make the invisible visible

An extract from the afterword to the last effort of the famous photographer from Modena Franco Fontana, «Invisible», edited by Lorenzo Respi. In sixty years of his career Fontana has photographed what is not seen, managing to fix through the frame an ‘other’ image that is abstracted from reality, free from the subject portrait.

Lettering in cinema

Luca Barcellona analyzes the imaginative lettering used by painters such as Sandro Symeoni or Enrico De Seta. His story jumps from film to film, showing how the application of painting and calligraphy to lettering in cinema constitutes a fascinating discipline.

A conversation with Lorenzo Mattotti

The interview that Lorenzo Mattotti gave for Artribune on 16 October 2020, answering questions by Elena Arzani. The occasion was the recent inauguration of the exhibition «Patagonia», curated by Melania Gazzotti, which was held at the cultural center Mutty from October 4 to November 5, 2020.

Ljubov’ Popova – The fotomontage

Ljubov’ Popova, a leading figure in Russian constructivism and a lecturer at Vchutemas, was active in various fields of the project, from visual communication to textile design to set design, always in a revolutionary key.

Armando’s second step

Some remarks by Mario Piazza in the introduction to Armando Milani’s latest volume, Incontri, where the well known designer collects one hundred anecdotes that have marked his creative path.

«Skid Row». Beyond the urban chic

Consider Traub’s photographs as a counterpoint to the ubiquitous standard and clichéd images of the urban life of New York City: pedestrians in Times Square or throngs of commuters in the Great Hall of Grand Central Station.

In memory of Gerrit Noordzij (1931–2022)

Gerrit Noordzij (1931-2022) died exactly one year ago at the age of 90. He was an authority figure in the world of Dutch graphic design, still little known in our country despite the translation of his seminal text, The Stroke: Theory of Writing.

James Clough: Italian Signs / 3

Discovering examples of Art Nouveau letters such as these on the former Fiori hydroelectric power station in Sarzana is a pleasure, given the relative rarity of original signs of this type.

Le lettere di Alfazoo

Design as invention

Alfredo de Santis (1941-1998) defined an entirely personal graphic language, characterised by a continuous intermingling with cinema, painting, drawing, creating graphics with a strong pictorial value.

MERCERIE

James Clough: Signs / 2

With the disappearance of so many artistic crafts, it is only natural that we return to an appreciation of what was handmade and has survived.

Insegna a Modena: "Caffè"

James Clough: Italian Signs / 1

In order to really appreciate the letters, we show only part of the sign of this historic shop in Modena. Looking at the word “Caffè“ we can enjoy the cheerful, eye-catching movement of that cursive, which is the same for the missing word, “Torrefazione.“

Jörg Müller in dialogue with Giulia Mirandola

Jörg Müller tells how the idea for the book «Dove c’era un prato» came about, through an unpublished interview with Giulia Mirandola.