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Ontani, Luigi (Artist) & Weiermair, Peter (Editor). LUIGI ONTANI. Zurich, Switzerland: Editions Stemmle, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 192 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective exhibition monograph on artist. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a relatively small and limited print run as a hardcover original. A handsome production by Peter Renn: Oversize-volume format. Deep brown linen cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Art by Luigi Ontani. Edited by Peter Weiermair. Contributions by various scholars, art historians, and critics. List of Plates and Chronology appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with red titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the travelling exhibition of the same name in 1996 and 1997. Presents the single most comprehensive assessment of the achievement of the Italian artist who has most successfully incorporated the cultural heritage of his country into his oeuvre. As such, Ontani has worked in just about every conceivable medium: Drawings, illustrated texts, installations, paintings, glass, ceramics, papier-mache, photographic tableaux, masks, and other media. His is a democracy of art, which sees an exquisite ceramic plate as being on the same level of achievement as a large-scale painting that rivals those of his contemporary "transavanguardia" colleagues like Francesco Clemente and Sandro Chia. They all evoke a life devoted to the fictions of fantasy as drawn from the rich iconography of "heathen cultures and classical mythology". Ontani inserted himself, as obtrusively as possible, in his celebrated self-portraits, where he often posed naked, showing a body that is neither ideal nor real but somewhere in the middle, a theatrical self-presentation of one of the most unique and fascinating artistic personalities of the last quarter of the 20th century. A dazzling retrospective, this is a "must-have" title for Luigi Ontani collectors. This is an Import title, was not distributed in the United States, has been out-of-print for a long time, and is now collectible. This is one of few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest Italian artists of the 20th century. A flawless copy. . ISBN 3908162319. $40.00

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