Over the last few years Mandla Reuter has mostly worked on the question of how places can be defined or occupied, often establishing a certain minimal narration within the spatial connections and structures he develops within his exhibitions. The selection of images found on Reuter’s computer in Berlin come from different sources, folders and years. (more...)
Strolling about in a twenty-first century shopping mall, we might wonder when and where such graves of the spirit first came into being. The answer to that question is a fairly tangible reality, one that we can experience in person, if we are willing to discover what is left of the Paris passages. (more...)
NERO is pleased to present Names of Numbers, a new ongoing series of monographic books of drawings by artists, intellectuals, scientists and people devoted to other activities. The series, curated by Italian visual artist Carola Bonfili and NERO magazine editor-in-chief Valerio Mannucci, has the aim of considering drawing as a common language, often complementary or parallel to other forms of artistic or intellectual production. (more...)
A post-surrealistic experiment juxtaposing visual artworks and literary sources that apparently have nothing in common. In this issue: Goffredo Parise (1929–986) and a selection of photos from the archive of Paese Sera newspaper. (more...)
Touch of Joy. Exercises in Imagination is a workshop conceived by the Berlin-based artist Peter Friedl for Studio Roma – Transdisciplinary Program on the Contemporary. The two-week program (March 31 – April 12, 2014) will include presentations, lectures, readings, debates, free association, film screenings, as well as field research and site visits in Rome and Sabaudia. The common denominator is an interest in imagination: its history, myths, and methods. (more...)
NERO has just released the limited artist's edition of The Dry Salvages, by Elisabetta Benassi. The original book is a part of the project The Dry Salvages, produced for the exhibition vice versa, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi: The Italian Pavilion at the the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, 2013. (more...)
NERO and Fondazione Giuliani are pleased to announce the launch on Friday, February 21st, of The Foreigners Stand Still, the new artist's book by Seb Patane. The book presentation will be held in London at X Marks the Bökship. (more...)
In 1986 Corrado Levi curated one of the most influential Italian exhibitions of the last thirty years: Il Cangiante. It was a seminal event for many reasons: the juxtaposition of the artists, the exhibition design, the critical writing, the revaluation of underappreciated figures. Levi set up a confrontation between the youngest artists (such as Bruno Zanichelli) and the most famous artists of the period (such as Francesco Clemente). (more...)
Names Of Numbers I
Names of Numbers is a series of monographic books of drawings by artists, intellectuals, scientists and people devoted to various other activities, curated by Carola Bonfili and Valerio Mannucci. The series’ aim is to consider drawing as a common language, often complementary or parallel to other forms of artistic or intellectual production. Each book presents 30 tables by a single author. The flexible nature of drawing, and its ability to manifest the representational capacity of the imagination, lead its uses to assume a variety of different forms: the drawings collected in this series alternately appear like diaries, studies, drafts, syntheses, memories, or even, simply, expressions of leisurely interest.
Altri Sensi is the catalogue published on occasion of Laura Pugno’s solo exhibition at the MAN Museum, curated by Lorenzo Giusti, held from the 13th September to the 3rd November 2013. Laura Pugno’s research focuses on the landscape not only as a natural element or a fixed frame of reality, but as a kind of social construction, an ideological and cultural superstructure. The book presents a series of selected iconographic works of the last five years, which are part of the new series of artworks made in Sardinia and dedicated to the Supramonte inland and some critical essays written by Lorenzo Giusti, Cecilia Canziani and Gian Antonio Gilli. The main feature of these works is the use of the abrasion technique on the photographic print. In this way the attempt to show the combination of different elements becomes evident – both physical and cultural ones – which together compose the whole landscape, through the procedure of partial invalidation of themselves. This represents the artist’s will to distance herself from a traditional point of view, as we can see in her most recent works, together with the evocation of a possible tactile perception of the landscape.
The Foreigners Stand Still
The catalogue has been published in conjunction with Patane’s exhibition The Foreigners Stand Still, in 2013 at Fondazione Giuliani in Rome and curated by the Foundation’s Director Adrienne Drake. This book could be contemplated as a kind of narrative in which each chapter corresponds to a specific artwork. Through a collage of images and texts, the artist creates a constellation of personal, historical and actual events, sometimes invented, which inspired every work.
NERO presents the new release Festa, a pocket-sized book curated by Alessandro Cucchi and dedicated to the artist Tano Festa. Twenty-five years after his death, NERO re-publishes the artist’s last interview, conducted by Aldo Ricci and originally featured in Frigidaire magazine. The book also collects new interviews and anecdotes about the life of a major protagonist of the Italian art world of the 60s and 70s. The book is a biting monologue in which all of Festa’s artistic frustrations and human frailties erupt into a cynical interpretation of the present and a prophetic vision of the future. In these short texts, the artist’s outspoken Romanness reacts to the cultural and political flatness of the Italian 80s, defining a new identity that also stands as an affirmation of delirium, of the fantastic and of that most human element that serves man to overcome his own specific and genetic conditions: that is, to overcome himself.
New Globe Notes
New Globe Notes is the new LP by British musician and artist Mike Cooper. The edition is composed of a vinyl plus a booklet and has been produced by NERO in collaboration with record label No=Fi Recordings.
For the past fifty years, Mike Cooper has been constantly experimenting with live composition, field recordings and free improvisation; in the late 90s he developed a particular kind of contemporary exotica inspired by his trips in the Pacific area; the result is, in his own words, an “imaginary, exotic, ambient soundscape of places that didn’t exist”.
Published on the occasion of Anamericana – the big group exhibition held in October 2013 at the American Academy in Rome, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis and promoted by the DEPART Foundation – the book explores, through texts and images, the idea that despite the variety of practices in today’s America, many artists are constantly working around themes delving into the habits and traditions central to contemporary American society.