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GPE-0016

Lithograph

70 x 50 cm

Titled, signed and dated on the recto: “Solitaire” (bottom centre), “Giulio Paolini 1975” (bottom right)

Autograph numbering on the recto, bottom left

100 in Arabic numerals from 1/100 to 100/100
30 in Roman numerals from I/XXX to XXX/XXX

Studio Marconi, Milan

Tipostampa, Turin

The print is part of a portfolio produced by Studio Marconi, Milan, on the occasion of the group show Fotomedia held at the Rotonda della Besana, Milan, from 24 March to 13 April 1975. The portfolio includes lithographs by the twelve artists participating in the show: Vincenzo Agnetti, Carlo Massimo Asnaghi, Gianni Bertini, Bruno Di Bello, Ketty La Rocca, Elio Mariani, Giulio Paolini, Claudio Parmiggiani, Luca Patella, Mario Schifano, Aldo Tagliaferro, and Franco Vaccari.

The print was originally contained, along with eleven other lithographs, in a plastic pocket, with no accessory sheets.

The black and white photographic image represents at the centre a hand holding a rectangular white surface – as if it were a playing card – in turn inscribed in a second blank square, held down by another hand.
The French title
Solitaire is a reference to the card game of the same name, for one player, expressed by the artist tautologically: the hand is limited to present the gesture of showing, without revealing anything; the playing card has no image on it, the sheet is (still) untouched.
The motif of the hand showing a blank surface was used in numerous formulations developed on paper between 1968 (cf. GPC-0139) and 1979 (cf. in particular GPC-0139, GPC-0388).
The original collage made in 1974 on which the print is based is documented in the online Catalogue Raisonné of the works on paper at number GPC-0354.

Background image from the advertising for Kodak film, in L’Europeo 30, no. 29, 18 July 1974, pp. 78-79.

1979 Athens, Jean & Karen Bernier, Giulio Paolini, 9 May - 5 June.
1992 Bonn, Bonner Kunstverein, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Das graphische Werk 1967-1992, 24 February - 29 March (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 16).
1993 Winterthur, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Das druckgraphische Werk 1967-1992, 16 January - 7 March (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 16).
1995 Lisbon, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian / Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Múltiplos e Obra Gráfica 1969-1995, 16 March - 28 May, not repr. in the exhibition brochure (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 16).
1996 Apolda, Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques, 27 September - 27 October (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 16).
1997 Göppingen, Kunsthalle, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Das graphische Druckwerk 1967-1995, 9 March - 13 April (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 16).
2000-01 Bologna, Studio G7, Giulio Paolini. Opere Grafiche, 16 December 2000 - 20 January 2001.
2001 Milan, Association Jacqueline Vodoz et Bruno Danese, Impressions Graphiques. L’opera grafica di Giulio Paolini, 1967-2000, 17 May - 22 June, not repr.
2002 Paris, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Impressions graphiques. L’œuvre graphique de Giulio Paolini 1967-2000, 23 April - 21 May, no catalogue.
2002 Milan, Galleria Milano, Arte in Fotomedia. Una mostra storica, 15 October - 23 November, repr. n. pag.
2004 Copenhagen, The Royal Library, The Gallery, The Significance of Visibility, 27 May - 15 August, no catalogue.
2005 Bologna, Studio G7, Rigorosamente bianco e nero, 15 May - 30 June.
2010-11 Turin, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Geografia senza punti cardinali. La fotografia nell’arte degli anni ’70 in Italia, 6 November 2010 - 29 January 2011, repr. no. 45 p. 64.
2014 Bologna, Studio G7, Giulio Paolini. Opera grafica e collage, 20 September - 15 November.
2022 Paris, Librairie Marian Goodman, Giulio Paolini. Printed Editions and Multiples (1967-1977), 6 October - 26 November; artist’s proof.
Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini (Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992), cat. no. 16, repr. (artist’s proof).
Divina Mimesis. Un omaggio di Giulio Paolini, Rosemarie Trockel e Cy Twombly a Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante e Pier Paolo Pasolini, exhibition catalogue, Rome, Villa Poniatowski, 2005, repr. p. 23 (artist’s proof).
C. Blumenfeld, “On naît artiste, on ne le devient pas”, in The Art Newspaper 48 (Paris, French edition), January, 2023, repr. p. 27 (edition 3/100).
Entry by Bettina Della Casa and Maddalena Disch, 14/06/2024