The publication of this book, desired and designed by Giulio Paolini, coincides in a certain way with his exiting the scene. Mere witness of an oeuvre that precedes and exceeds him, the artist chooses once more to remain on the fringes of the artwork's stage, in an endless wait for beauty to appear. The thought of one of Italy's leading actors on the twentieth-century art scene is revealed by over one hundred plates created exclusively for this book, and narrated by his intimate reflections and critical essays.
Among the greatest representatives of the art of our time, Giulio Paolini (1940) began his artistic career in 1960. From his first solo show in 1964 up until today he has held numerous exhibitions in international museums and galleries. His poetics deal with issues concerning the conception, the manifestation and the vision of the work of art. Since his first investigations on the fundamental elements of the picture his attention has later focused on the exhibition phenomenon, on the idea of the work of art as a catalogue of its very possibilities, as well as on the figure of the author and the lacking contact with the work of art, which preexists and transcends him. Trained as a graphic designer, Giulio Paolini has always shown a special interest in editorial projects. From the very beginning his research has been accompanied by considerations gathered in volumes that he himself edited.
Contents: Preface The Importance of Being Earnest - Giulio Paolini Much Ado About Nothing - Giulio Paolini Cosi e (se vi pare) Right You Are! (If You Think So) - Giulio Paolini Notes (images section) Waiting Room On the Threshold In Exile Promenade (From Dawn to Dusk) The Author Who Thought He Existed (Figures/stand-ins) The General Picture Veronica's Canvas No Longer Titled End of the Story Epilogue