Rosso: The Transient Form

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Skira, 2007 - Art - 182 pages
This publication traces the complex and contemporary aesthetic of Medardo Rosso through a selection of sculptures, plaster casts, bronzes, and original photographs and documents. The public and the contemporary art world will find, in Rossos artistic practice, unexpected opportunities for reflection. The name Medardo Rosso is known everywhere. His biography counts hundreds of titles. His writings and many letters have been published numerous times. The events of his biography are known through anecdotes and tales of struggle that make of his life a novel; he has entered literature as another Cellini, Mephistopheles or Vulcan. His work has been the subject of specialised studies, and yet a question remains that today cannot be avoided: which pieces are, in actual fact, Medardo Rossos work? However surprising this question may seem, there is nothing predictable about the answer. Beginning in the early twentieth century, a large number of copies started emerging from founderies; this, together with current fakes and replicas, means the authentic work is invisible, drowning under bronzes sucked like lollies, undignified waxes, and invasive subjects, in a kind of swamp.

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Preface Paola Mola
The Transient Form
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Paola Mola is an art historian specializing in sculpture.

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