Chronique des astéroïdes; Graphisculptures by Paolo Boni

Paris: Editions Jacqueline de Champvallins, 1981. Boni, Paolo. First edition. 11 in. x 13 in. One of 126 copies printed on Arches paper, signed by author and artist. Text printed from the author's calligraphy and seven colored intaglio and relief etchings "graphisculptures," each signed by the artist. Bound by Jill Oriane Tarlau, in a hard-finish lacquered leather with onlays of various exotic or decorative leathers. Rear suede endsheet lifted. Item #32849

Painter, printmaker, and sculptor Paolo Boni (1926-2017) was born in Vicchio di Mugello, Tuscany, Italy, on April 12, 1926. His formal art training began early, enrolling at the Liceo Artistico di Porta Romana (State Artistic High School, Porta Romana) as a teen, studying under sculptor Corrado Vigni. By 1946 he was regularly exhibiting throughout the major cities of Italy. He and his wife, American photographer Katherine White, moved to Paris, France, in 1954, where Boni established a studio in the city as well as in rural Alésia, and became known as the "Italian artist from Paris".

He exhibited in France, Italy, and the United States, and began investing time learning intaglio printmaking techniques that allowed him to employ his knowledge of sculpting. He developed a style in which he would use relief and intaglio processes, affixing pieces of carefully shaped metal to the plate, often indivdually inking the pieces or occasionally leaving the entire composition uninked, to form a collage of shapes. In the 1970s he named this technique "grafisculpture".

Boni's work is held in the Pushkin Museum (Moscow); Picasso Museum in Antibes; the Contemporary Art Museums of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art (NY); the Museum of Modern Art (Paris); the New York Public Library; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec (Canada); and the National Gallery (Washington, D.C.), among others. (Annex Galleries web site).

Price: $3,000.00

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