I designed the digital quarantine series in 2020 to sublimate the uncertainty of isolation that we all shared, but that each of us has experienced differently. Like many of us, I feel how the widespread use of digital tools influences and distorts our daily lives. That’s why I’m happy to see this particular work on a volume that represents the contemporaneity of the Italian art and design scene. The book, now published by De Agostini, is the longest-running yearbook of Italian art. For all these reasons, as a designer, it gives me great pleasure to be part of it.
Below is the presentation of the volume by the art historian Daniele Radini Tedeschi
The atlas of contemporary art published by De Agostini
The Atlante dell’arte Contemporanea is the longest-running Italian art yearbook. Its first edition by the famous Milanese gallery owner Vittorio Emanuele Barbaroux and art critic Giampiero Giani, dates back to 1940. Published by Graphic SA in Milan under the title Arte Contemporanea Italiana, it was a useful tool for exploring the artistic panorama and market on the peninsula.
The history of this great yearbook is one of the most characteristics of Italian art publications. Over time, many curators will take turns in its production. Likewise, different Italian publishers will be responsible for its publication. From the 1960s to the 1980s, the volume was published by La Ginestra in Florence, then by Fenice 2000 in Florence. In 1996 it passed to De Agostini, which published it every year since.
The 2021 edition of the Atlante dell’Arte Contemporanea aims to update the list of the most significant artists, architects and designers working in Italy from 1950 to the present day. Curated by Stefania Pieralice, the edition gives wide space to the relative price of artworks and design. Topics explored in a special section for market indices. The book comprises twenty regional chapters, with critical and philological data that reveal the richness of the artistic heritage.
Through minimalist graphics and a selection of illustrations, this publication offers a journey through artistic wonders and curious anecdotes. Paying equal attention to official circles and a growing independent art scene. You can buy it online