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GPO-0021

Untitled

Paper on photo prints applied to masonite panel

120 x 90 cm

Signed and dated on the verso, upper stretcher bar, left: "Giulio Paolini 1962"

Fondazione Giulio e Anna Paolini, Turin

Gift of the artist, 25 October 2012, archive no. GPO-0021

The twelve units cut out from the photographs of some drawings by Achille Perilli, which were reproduced in a magazine from that period, are arranged at regular intervals on a masonite support. Their order is arbitrary, so that the “beginning and the end” of the image does not coincide with the “beginning and the end” of the original.
In the artist's words: “The same way I chose coloured paper and graph paper, I also chose the reproductions of works of art. The reproduction was assumed as the potential of elements to be rearranged, not because I wanted to intervene on that work in particular, but as a sample to be placed on a modular surface".
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The current appearance of the work dates to an additional intervention, on an unknown date, when Paolini added a white paper square to the centre of each photographic unit.

1 G. Paolini in G. Celant, Giulio Paolini (New York: Sonnabend Press, 1972) p. 29 (revised translation); republished in Giulio Paolini 1960-1972, edited by G. Celant (Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2003), p. 106; reprint (Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana Editoriale, 2019), p. 29.

Achille Perilli, two drawings made in 1961; reproduced in Mondo Operaio, February, 1962, pp. 25, 41.

G. Paolini in G. Celant, Giulio Paolini (New York: Sonnabend Press, 1972), pp. 27-28; republished in Giulio Paolini 1960-1972, edited by G. Celant (Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2003), p. 106; reprint (Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana Editoriale, 2019).
G. Celant, Giulio Paolini (New York: Sonnabend Press, 1972), pp. 26-28, repr. no. 16 p. 29 (first state); republished in Giulio Paolini 1960-1972, edited by Id. (Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2003), p. 106, not repr; reprint (Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana Editoriale, 2019).
Giulio Paolini (Parma: Università di Parma, Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, 1976), repr. no. 17 (first state).
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 21 p. 62, col. repr.
F. Fergonzi, Una nuova superficie. Jasper Johns e gli artisti italiani 1958-1966 (Milan: Mondadori Electa, 2019), p. 175, not repr.
Entry by Maddalena Disch , 23/02/2024