Art and culture: 6 newly published books

The selection of six freshly printed books is back again this weekend. This time we are talking about literary classics, protest movements, Japanese architects and Artificial Intelligence

The usual weekly column of new books this time is even more varied, to provide you with some ideas for Christmas and gifts to buy for friends and relatives. It starts with the classic Animal Farm by George Orwell illustrated by Quentin Gréban and continues with the Innovation Rhapsody by Alberto Gennari (ideal as a gift for your boss), the ten-year ride along the protest movements in the company of Dino Fracchia’s photographs, the meticulous analysis conducted by Giusi Ciotoli and Marco Falsetti on the “years of the formal revolution”In the architecture of Kenzo Tange, the novel-river The black shed by Oek De Jong and finally the in-depth examination of the relationship between art and Artificial Intelligence by Rebecca Pedrazzi.

Marco Enrico Giacomelli


George Orwell & Quentin Gréban – The animal farm (Rizzoli, Milan 2021)

Allegorical story among the best known of modernity, Animal Farm it was published in 1945 and quickly proved to be an outstanding longseller. In Italy the writing of George Orwell it arrived a couple of years later, published by Mondadori in the series Jellyfish. Note the plot, which tells of the revolt of animals living on a farm; victorious revolt, which however over time leads to the cult of the personality and finally to a restoration, with the original ideals that are transformed into the bitter maxim “All animals are the same, but some are more equal than others“.
This edition is aimed at teenagers: large bound and hardback format, beautiful and large illustrations signed by Quentin Gréban, a Belgian born in 1977 who in 2000 won the prestigious Prix Saint-Exupéry.

George Orwell & Quentin Gréban – Animal Farm
Rizzoli, Milan 2021
Pages 160, € 25
ISBN 9788817159371


Alberto Gennari – Innovation Rhapsody (Libri Scheiwiller, Milan 2021)

Receiving this book from the publishing house, many doubts arose. Why the brand Scheiwiller Books should publish a business organization manual? Of course, the brand itself is now owned by the Il Sole 24 Ore group, but what does a Bocconian’s book really have to do with it?
Precisely these doubts have raised my level of attention, and curiosity: the title is a pleasure, okay, with that slightly disguised quote from Queen. But the reference to music does not stop at the cover, but runs throughout the book, with metaphors and above all with a playlist, which can be downloaded via a QR code. And it’s not a trivial motivational playlist, you can see that Gennari is passionate. And you can see that he is also passionate about business organization, because he manages to transform a boring discipline into a series of intelligent ideas, really applicable, to first of all increase the quality of life of those who work in the company and care about the company, if only because they spend at least a third of their day there. It would be proposed as a gift to colleagues and perhaps even to one’s superior.

Alberto Gennari – Innovation Rhapsody
Scheiwiller Books, Milan 2021
Pages 240, € 24.90
ISBN 9788876446764


Dino Fracchia – In the square. Anger and passion (Interno4, Rimini Milan 2021)

Interno4 Edizioni is, since 2017, the heir of the NdA Press, a publishing house for which important volumes such as God does not exist, photography does! by Ando Gilardi and Pino Bertelli. This photographic director – which is obviously not the only one in NdA and then in Interno4 – is now taken from the volume of Dino Fracchiaa photojournalist based in Milan who has made reportage his reason for living.
Here are collected a hundred shots of over 30 thousand in his archive, to cover half a century of history of protests in Italy, from the 1970s to the Fridays For Future. To accompany the images, a large group of interventions written by authors such as Vittorio Agnoletto, Sandrone Dazieri and Erri De Luca.

Dino Fracchia – In the square. Anger and passion
Interno4, Rimini 2021
Pages 250, € 19
ISBN 9788885747616


Giusi Ciotoli & Marco Falsetti – Kenzo Tange. The years of the formal revolution 1940_1970 (Franco Angeli, Milan 2021)

For architectural scholars, such a volume is gold. In fact, so far there were no such extensive and precise thrusts on the work of Kenzo Tange (1913-2005), in particular relating to thirty years in which the Japanese architect made his debut and in a very short time reached the “megastructural” plans. Also precious are the unpublished materials that the pair of authors, composed of Giusi Ciotoli and Marco Falsetti, were able to consult.
The volume is divided into two parts: the first, by Falsetti, focuses on the twenty years 1940-1960, with a more theoretical and general section and then a vertical analysis of three works, in this case the Hiroshima Peace Center ( 1949/1956), the Kagawa Prefecture Administration Building, Takamatsu (1954/1958) and the Kurashiki Town Hall (1958/1960); the second, of which Ciotoli is the author, is structured in the same way, and the focuses are dedicated to the Plan for Tokyo (1960/1961), the Tsukiji Plan, Tokyo (1960/1964) and the Yamanashi Communications Center, Kofu (1961) / 1966).

Giusi Ciotoli & Marco Falsetti – Kenzo Tange. The years of the formal revolution 1940/1970
Franco Angeli, Milan 2021
Pages 320, € 35
ISBN 9788835117995


Oek De Jong – The black shed (Neri Pozza, Vicenza 2021)

Flanders, region of Zeeland. The body of a girl is found in a country hut. Shortly before, she had been seen with another fourteen-year-old boy, Maris Coppoolse. Forty-five years later, Coppoolse is inaugurating its own pictorial retrospective which occupies fifteen rooms of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. But in front of the painting Drowning he fainted, immediately caught by a specialist journalist.
Lovers of thrillers who have a souland which do not disdain contemporary art as a setting – this is the perfect book for you.

Oek De Jong – The black shed
Neri Pozza, Vicenza 2021
Pages 512, € 22
ISBN 9788854522152


Rebecca Pedrazzi – Possible futures. Art Scenarios and Artificial Intelligence (Jaca Book, Milan 2021)

Full-bodied but cleverly constructed book, Possible futures allows the curious but not necessarily expert reader of understand to what extent theArtificial intelligence is already an integral part of the world of art in all its formsbe it cataloging, inclusion and of course production.
The first, more thematic part is followed by a second that develops and deepens the issues through a series of interviews; dialogues involving artists such as Mario Klingemann and Mike Tyka, researchers such as Julia Betancour and entrepreneur-disseminators such as Andrea Concas.

Rebecca Pedrazzi – Possible futures. Art scenarios and Artificial Intelligence
Jaca Book, Milan 2021
Pages 384, € 45
ISBN 9788816417076

Marco Enrico Giacomelli

Professional journalist and PhD in Aesthetics, he studied philosophy at the Universities of Turin, Paris8 and Bologna. He collaborated on the “Abécédaire de Michel Foucault” (Mons-Paris 2004) and the “Abécédaire de Jacques Derrida” (Mons-Paris 2007). Among his publications: “Ascendances et filiations foucaldiennes en Italie: the operaïsme en perspective” (Paris 2004; trad. Sp., Buenos Aires 2006; trad. It., Rome 2010), “Another Italian Anomaly? On Embedded Critics” (Trieste 2005), “La Nuovelle École Romaine” (Paris 2006), “A philosopher between pataphysics and surrealism. René Daumal from the Grand Jeu to Hinduism” (Rome 2011), “A whole pop. A path between art and writing in the work of Mike Kelley “(Milan 2014),” Un regard sur dell’arte contemporain italien du XXIe siècle “(Paris 2016, with Arianna Testino). As a translator, he has published texts by Augé, Bourriaud, Deleuze, Groys and Revel. In 2014 he curated the exhibition (at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan) and the book (published by Marsilio) “Achille Compagnoni. Beyond the K2”. In 2018 he curated the 10th edition of the Via del Sale in ten towns of the Alta Langa and Val Bormida. He has held seminars and lectures in numerous institutions and universities, including the Cattolica, the IULM, the Milano-Bicocca University and the Brera Academy of Milan, the Free University of Bolzano, the Alma Mater of Bologna, the LUISS of Rome, the IUAV and Ca ‘Foscari of Venice, the Albertina Academy of Turin. He writes (together with Massimiliano Tonelli) the section dedicated to contemporary art of the annual report “I am culture” produced by the Symbola Foundation. He teaches Critical Writing at NABA in Milan. He is deputy editorial director of Artribune and managing director of Artribune Magazine.

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