April 30, 2008

White Manifesto by Lucio Fontana

White Manifesto : spazialismo (quotes)

"we are continuing the evolution of art"
  • "The discovery of new physical forces, the mastery of matter and space gradually impose on man conditions which have never existed heretofore in history. The application of these discoveries to all the forms of life produces a modification in the nature of man."
  • "We are living in the era of mechanics. Already painted and the plaster figure no longer make sense."
  • "We are abandoning the use of known forms of art nd we are initiating the development of an art based on the unity of time and space. "
  • "Matter, color and sound in motion are the phenomena whose simultaneous development is an integral part of the new art."
  • "The new art demands the functioning of all the energies of man in creation and interpretation. The Being manifests itself integrally, with the plenitude of its vitality."

In 1966, the Apollinaire gallery in Milan republishes - translated into Italian, french, English and German - the founder text of Lucio Fontana. Printed at 2000 copies, enriched with photographic reproductions by Ugo Mulas and texts relating to the work of Fontana, the book is taking place in a period where the influence of Italian painter reaches its full dimension. The Apollinaire gallery is the cradle of New Realism, whose term itself comes from a manifesto written by Pierre Restany as part of an exhibition. Yves Klein, in 1961, sets his monochromes to the same gallery. This art movement that uses garbage, torn posters, found objects, which gives media coverage to creation can be read as an neo-dada interpretation of the new art claimed by Fontana.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Fontana (Lucio). Manifiesto Blanco. Spazialismo. Milan, Galleria Apollinaire, 1966, in-folio, broché, case. Facsimile of the original manifesto published in 1946 in Buenos Aires and translated into Italian, French, English and allemand. Limited edition to 2000 copies and enriched with photographic reproductions by Ugo Mulas and texts relating to the work of Fontana.

April 15, 2008

Catalogue 2008

For the International Antiquarian Book Fair of Paris (18, 19 and 20 April), the librairie Loliée offers you to download the catalogue 2008 :

Librairie Loliée - Stand E30
Salon du Livre Ancien
Grand Palais - avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris.

April 09, 2008

Camille Bryen's illunations inspired by Jules Laforgue

In 1974, Camille Bryen, a subversive poet close to Dadaism and a pioneer of Tachisme, grabs the collection of Jules Laforgue L'Imitation de Notre Dame La Lune ( literally : the Impersonation of Our Lady the Moon), works on the page setting and "illune" (a made-up verb translatable by "to moon") the book with six original engravings. This special edition is dedicated to :

" Marcel Duchamp
dépassant considérable
je dédie ces illunations".

The matching between Bryen, a fan of automatic writing, and the decadent Jules Laforgue, is summarised in the introduction written by the art critic Jean-Dominique Rey :
"Between the poetry of Laforgue and his [Bryen] passes the same thread of black humour that causes the words to face new arpeggios. But one day words were not enough for Bryen. The style, relieved of the weight of language, became a furious chisel beating rock and air and plotting unusual runes for a language beyond forms. "

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Bryen (Camille) – Laforgue (Jules). L'Imitation de Notre Dame La Lune. Selon Jules Laforgue. Illunée de gravures de Camille Bryen. Paris, Jean-Pierre Ollivier, 1974, in-4, in leaves under cover, casing. Edition illustrated by 6 original engravings each signed by Camille Bryen. Limited to 172 numbered copies, this one on velum paper.

April 02, 2008

Octave Uzanne : the friend of books

Octave Uzanne (1851-1931) leaves the city of Auxerre, after classical studies, to live his passion for literature in Paris. He writes for book lovers publications then builds his own reviews (Miscellanées bibliographiques, Le Livre, Le Livre moderne, L'Art et l'Idée). He publishes new pieces, of Sade and Baudelaire among others, accompanied by bio-bibliographical references to assist in the understanding of the authors.
In 1889, he takes part in the creation of a publishing company, the "League of Contemporaries bibliophiles". He frequents the circles of Art Nouveau and Symbolism and binds especially with Jean Lorrain, Barbey d'Aurevilly, Remy de Gourmont.
He also publishes personal works : novels, fantasy books, bibliographical studies. These are illustrated editions, with a limited publication, produced in collaboration with artists such as Eugène Courboin or Félicien Rops. He also contributes to various newspapers : La Dépêche de Toulouse, Le Figaro, Le Mercure de France.
In 1886, Uzanne publishes Nos Amis Les Livres, subtitled "Causeries sur la littérature et la librairie ("Talks on literature and bookshop)." This collection, made of literary and scholar "zigzags" about books, remains a benchmark for book lovers.
(source : Wikipedia.fr)

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :

  • UZANNE (Octave). Nos Amis les livres. Causeries sur la littérature et la librairie. Paris, Charpentier, 1886, in-12, binding (Bretault). A frontispiece by H. Manesse. One of the 5 copies on Chine paper , with five conditions of the frontispiece, plus two different conditions of the cover. Personal copie of the author, with his ex-libris.
  • UZANNE (Octave). Contes de la vingtième année. Bric à Brac de L'amour - Calendrier de Vénus - Surprises du coeur. Paris, Floury, 1896, in-8. Frontispiece by Daniel Vierge and drawings in camaïeu by E. Courbouin. Limited edition to 700 copies, this one on vellum paper.