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Ennesima (appunti per sei disegni datati 1975), 1975

GPE-0017

Umpteenth (Notes for Six Drawings Dated 1975)

Offset lithographs

Three bi-folios 29.7 x 20.9 cm each folded, 29.7 x 41.8 cm each open

No inscriptions

No numbering

1000 unnumbered copies

Yvon Lambert, Paris

Tipostampa, Turin

The portfolio produced by Yvon Lambert in 1975 – in collaboration with Galleria Notizie, Turin, and Studio Marconi, Milan – marked the official start of a long friendship and professional collaboration between Paolini and the Paris art dealer, who the following year would present the artist's first solo show in France.

Double-sided white cardboard folder with flap, closed format 29.8 x 21.5 cm; cover with title in black (“Ennesima”). Contains four bi-folios: the first with the title-page (first side) and the colophon (fourth side), the other three with the plates.

Includes information regarding copyright (© 1975 by Giulio Paolini and Yvon Lambert), publisher (”published in collaboration with Galleria Notizie, Turin, and Studio Marconi, Milan by Yvon Lambert, 15 rue de l’Echaudé, 75006 Paris”), printer, and edition size.

The installation includes two alternatives:
in a display case, with the folder and sheets open at random, or arranged in two rows, in the order of succession of the six drawings, from the first without a subdivision to the last with a more close-knit grid, enough to allow some breathing room all around it (the second installation design occupies a surface area of approximately 90 x 70 cm and requires two copies of the edition to be able to show all the pages)
on the wall, with the sheets folded and framed individually, set up in a horizontal sequence and placed at short intervals from each other (the space it takes up on the wall is approximately 31 x 150 cm; moreover, two copies of the edition are needed to be able to show all the pages).

The sequence of six images offers a progressive and grid-like subdivision of the surface of the sheet, which at the beginning appears to be a written page, outlined by a rectangle marking its limits (the écriture automatique intends to be a hypothetical description of the work itself). The multiplication of the drawn pattern gradually takes over until it replaces the scriptural image completely.
“Hence, three elements: the writing, the image, time. Each of them, however, is exhausted in its own nominal enunciation and, all together, they cannot be seen as constitutive. Writing, overlooking any form of communication, preserves nothing other than its appearance, it describes nothing other than itself. The drawing is the extreme limit of its own legitimacy, the definition of the surface of the page. Time suggests the pattern and determines, via the succession of the two elements that reveal it, the enigmatic measure of the story: it subtracts further truthfulness from both the writing and the drawing, it regulates their co-penetration in a constantly variable identity, multipliable to infinity, but unalterable by fate. The first page is already the last one, the last one is still the first, the sequence moves from one equal towards an equal. Here, then, is the neutrality of a dynamic that, again via the use of the same elements, achieves none other than its own infinitesimal development. The title
Ennesima (Umpteenth), in fact, is meant to recall the possibility of elevation ad infinitum of this process. As if to say that it is perhaps not so obvious to establish that the figurative, visual dimension, is born as a pure and simple image, and that it may instead have the implicit and intimate need to describe itself, the vocation to find another more definitive form of itself”,1 the artist writes.
The portfolio is part of a group with the same theme developed on paper and on canvas between 1973 and 1992 (cf. among the works on paper GPC-0232, GPC-0847 and among the paintings GPO-0255, GPO-0297, GPO-0625).

1 G. Paolini in Giulio Paolini. Atto unico in tre quadri, exhibition catalogue, Milan, Studio Marconi (Milan: Gabriele Mazzotta editore, 1979), p. 107.

1975 Munich, Galerie Art in Progress, Giulio Paolini, 18 April - 21 May.
1976 Parma, Palazzo della Pilotta, Sala delle Scuderie, Giulio Paolini, 11 March - 21 April, repr. nos. 155-161.
1979 Milan, Palazzo della Permanente, Genesi e processo dell’immagine, 30 November - 30 December, repr. pp. 72-73, text by the artist Tre elementi, dunque… p. 119.
1981 Paris, Musée national d’art moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Identité italienne. L’art en Italie depuis 1959, 25 June - 7 September, repr. p. 485, text by the artist Le tableau et la description... pp. 484-485.
1984 Villeurbanne, Le Nouveau Musée, Giulio Paolini, 20 January - 18 March, vol. Images/Index, repr. pp. 44-45, text by the artist Tre elementi, dunque… p. 44.
1985 Paris, Musée National d’art moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Bibliothèque Publique d’Information, Livres d’artistes, 12 June - 7 October, repr. p. 32, referred to in the text by A. Mœglin-Delcroix pp. 30-31.
1985 Ravenna, Pinacoteca Comunale, Loggetta Lombardesca, Giulio Paolini. Tutto qui, 15 June - 22 September, cited in the checklist of exhibited works no. 26 p. 118, repr. no. 26, with text by the artist Tre elementi, dunque…
1985-86 Montreal, Musée d’art contemporain, Giulio Paolini, 7 July - 8 September, touring to: Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, 29 November 1985 - 19 January 1986, same catalogue as for the solo exhibition Villeurbanne 1984.
1986 Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Giulio Paolini, 15 February - 30 March, same catalogue as for the solo exhibition Villeurbanne 1984.
1986 Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Giulio Paolini, 20 September - 2 November, vol. 4 La visione / Die Vision, cited in the checklist of exhibited works no. 43 p. 53, not repr.
1989 Turin, Salone del Libro, Impressions graphiques. Progetti e collaborazioni editoriali di Giulio Paolini, 12-18 May, cat. no. 3 (section “Edizioni a tiratura numerata”), not repr.
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. 17).
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. 17).
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. 17).
1995 Limoges, Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, Théâtre du Centre Jean-Pierre Fabrègue, Bookmakers. Une exposition des livres d’artistes de Zona Archives, 2 June - 15 August, cited in the checklist of exhibited works n. pag., not repr.
1996 Turin, Galleria Martano, Artists’ Books, 8 May - 10 June, cited in the checklist of exhibited works n. pag., not repr.
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. 17).
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. 17).
1997 Paris, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Impressions graphiques. L’œuvre graphique de Giulio Paolini 1967-2000, 23 April - 21 May, no catalogue.
1997 Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Galerie Mansart, Livres d’artistes. L’invention d’un genre 1960-1980, 29 May - 12 October, cited in the checklist of exhibited works no. 379 p. 40, not repr.
2002 Modena, Biblioteca civica d’arte Luigi Poletti, Giulio Paolini. Pagine, 20 September - 23 November, col. repr. pp. 28-29 (caption p. 91), referred to in the text by M. Bertoni p. 12.
2006 Rivoli, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Libri Books Bücher, 29 April - 30 July, no catalogue.
2008 Bologna, Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, Books! Dagli anni sessanta ad oggi. Libri d’artista dal fondo Liliana Dematteis in deposito al Mart di Trento e Rovereto, 17 September - 31 October, not repr.
2008 Turin, Giorgio Maffei, Arte Povera. Libri d’artista, multipli, fotografie, 14-23 December, no catalogue.
2010 Bergamo, Galleria d’arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Il grande gioco. Forme d'arte in Italia 1947-1989, 24 February - 9 May, not repr.
2011 Bologna, Aula Magna della Biblioteca Universitaria, Libro / Opera. Viaggio nelle pagine d'artista. La collezione di Danilo Montanari, 16 September - 12 October, col. repr. p. 145.
2018-19 Milan, Fondazione Carriero, Giulio Paolini. Del Bello ideale, 26 October 2018 - 10 February 2019, vol. La mostra, repr. pp. 140-141, 143 (exhibition views).
2020 Geneva, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Écrire en dessinant. Quand la langue cherche son autre, 29 January - 3 May, repr. no. 22 pp. 264-265 (incompletely titled “Ennesima”), 278-279 (exhibition views), entry by S. De Chiara and P. Mack p. 263.
2020 Paris, Yvon Lambert, Yvon Lambert 50 ans de livres & imprimés 1970-2020, 12-31 March.
2023 Milan, Libreria Antiquaria Pontremoli, Arte Povera, 16 February - 2 March, col. repr. pp. 63 (folder), 64, entry by R. Colombo and C. Lietti p. 63, text by the artist Tre elementi, dunque... p. 65.
G. Paolini, “Tre elementi...”, in Giulio Paolini. Atto unico in tre quadri, exhibition catalogue, Milan, Studio Marconi (Milan: Gabriele Mazzotta editore, 1979), p. 107; republished in Genesi e processo dell’immagine, exhibition catalogue, Milan, Palazzo della Permanente, 1979, p. 119; Identité italienne. L’art en Italie depuis 1959, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, 1981, pp. 484-485, in French; Giulio Paolini, vol. Images/Index (Villeurbanne: Le Nouveau Musée, 1984), p. 44, in Italian; Giulio Paolini. Tutto qui, exhibition catalogue, Ravenna, Pinacoteca Comunale, Loggetta Lombardesca (Ravenna: Agenzia Editoriale Essegi, 1985), n. pag.; Id., Voix off (Brussels: Édition Lebeer-Hossmann, 1986), p. 40, in French; Id., Suspense. Breve storia del vuoto in tredici stanze (Florence: Hopeful Monster editore, 1988), p. 192; Impressions graphiques. L'opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini (Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992), cat. no. 17; Giulio Paolini. La voce del pittore – Scritti e interviste 1965-1995, edited by M. Disch (Lugano: ADV Publishing House, 1995), p. 67; G. Maffei, Arte Povera 1966-1980. Libri e documenti / Books and documents (Mantua: Edizioni Corraini, 2007), p. 131, extract in Italian and English; Arte povera, exhibition catalogue, Milan, Libreria Antiquaria Pontremoli, 2023, p. 65.
G. Paolini in Giulio Paolini. Le “opere a venire”, proceedings of the meeting with the artist, Accademia di Belle Arti “Pietro Vannucci”, Perugia, 28 April 1981 (Perugia: 1982), pp. 11-12.
G. Paolini, La verità in quattro righe e novantacinque voci, edited by S. Risaliti (Turin: Giulio Einaudi editore, 1996), p. 35, entry “Descrizione”.
Giulio Paolini. Atto unico in tre quadri, exhibition catalogue, Milan, Studio Marconi (Milan: Gabriele Mazzotta editore, 1979), pp. 106-107 (text by the artist Tre elementi…), repr. p. 106.
G. Paolini, Voix off (Brussels: Édition Lebeer-Hossmann, 1986), p. 40 (text by the artist Ainsi donc, trois éléments…), repr. pp. 41-42.
G. Paolini, Suspense. Breve storia del vuoto in tredici stanze (Florence: Hopeful Monster editore, 1988), p. 192 (text by the artist Tre elementi…), repr. pp. 192-193.
Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini (Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992), cat. no. 17, repr., with text by the artist Tre elementi….
A. Mœglin-Delcroix, Esthétique du livre d’artiste 1960/1980 (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France and Éditions Jean-Michel Place, 1997), repr. p. 266.
L. Dematteis, G. Maffei, Libri d’artista in Italia 1960-1998 (Turin: Regione Piemonte, 1998), cat. no. 2085 p. 178, repr. p. 177 (cover).
Guardare Raccontare Pensare Conservare. Quattro percorsi del libro d’artista dagli anni Sessanta ad oggi, exhibition catalogue, Mantua, Casa del Mantegna (Mantua: Corraini Edizioni, 2005), repr. p 140.
G. Paolini, Quattro passi. Nel museo senza muse (Turin: Giulio Einaudi editore, 2006), repr. no. 7a p. 73.
G. Maffei, Arte Povera 1966-1980. Libri e documenti / Books and documents (Mantua: Edizioni Corraini, 2007), pp. 130-131 (text by the artist Tre elementi…), repr.
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, voll. 1 and 2 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 297 p. 306, no. 325 p. 334, no. 625 p. 644, not repr.
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna & MAXXI. Le Collezioni 1958-2008, vol. 2, edited by S. Frezzotti, C. Italiano and A. Rorro (Milan: Mondadori Electa, 2009), repr. p. 771.
V. Russo, ”Giulio Paolini in Rai” in L’uomo nero. Materiali per una storia delle arti della modernità 8, no. 7-8 (Milan: Mimesis Edizioni), September, 2011, p. 179, repr.
M. Dantini, “’Per una critica acritica’. Inchiesta sulla critica d’arte in Italia, ‘Nac’ 1970-1971” in Id., Geopolitiche dell'arte (Milan: Christian Marinotti Edizioni, 2012), p. 164, not repr.
B. Corà, “I contemporanei di Dadamaino”, in Dadamaino. Dare tempo allo spazio (Milan: A Arte Invernizzi, 2019), p. 289, not repr.
On Collecting Artists’ Books. The Liliana Dematteis Collection at the Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art , edited by M. Gazzotti (Mantua: Corraini Edizioni, 2023), col. repr. on cover (third plate), p. 43.
Entry by Bettina Della Casa and Maddalena Disch, 14/06/2024