L’uni­ver­so di San­dro

San­dro’s Uni­ver­se

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La pri­ma retrospettiva de­di­ca­ta ad Ale­xan­der Gi­rard (al Vi­tra De­si­gn Mu­seum di Weil am Rhein fi­no al 29 gen­na­io 2017) è ac­com­pa­gna­ta da un ca­ta­lo­go di ol­tre cin­que­cen­to pa­gi­ne. Un la­vo­ro cor­po­so che rac­co­glie qua­si tut­ti i fon­di mu­sea­li e pri­va­ti de­di­ca­ti a San­dro, de­si­gner ame­ri­ca­no di ori­gi­ne ita­lia­na, che vis­se a Fi­ren­ze, Roma e Lon­dra. Il vo­lu­me, a cu­ra di Ma­teo Kries e Jo­chen Ei­sen­brand, met­te in lu­ce at­tra­ver­so sag­gi di au­to­ri co­me Ale­xan­dra Lan­ge e Jo­na­than Oli­va­res i pro­fi­cui in­trec­ci lin­gui­sti­ci tra la cul­tu­ra eu­ro­pea e la vi­va­ce tra­di­zio­ne sta­tu­ni­ten­se che ab­brac­ciò gio­va­nis­si­mo: è con­si­de­ra­to il tra­dut­to­re mo­der­no del­la Folk Art ame­ri­ca­na. At­ti­vo tra New York, De­troit, Co­lum­bus in In­dia­na e San­ta Fe nel New Me­xi­co, il Gi­rard rac­con­ta­to nel­la pub­bli­ca­zio­ne è una fi­gu­ra fon­da­men­ta­le del de­si­gn mo­der­no al pa­ri di Geor­ge Nel­son e Char­les Ea­mes. Mol­te im­ma­gi­ni, una bio­gra­fia ac­cu­ra­ta e la li­sta com­ple­ta del­le pro­du­zio­ni con­clu­do­no un ca­ta­lo­go am­bi­zio­so pro­prio per il com­pi­to che si pre­fig­ge: as­si­cu­ra­re una po­si­zio­ne di ri­lie­vo e ri­spet­to in­ter­na­zio­na­le al­la sua ope­ra. (MS) The fir­st re­tro­spec­ti­ve de­vo­ted to Ale­xan­der Gi­rard (at the Vi­tra De­si­gn Mu­seum in Weil am Rhein un­til 29 Ja­nua­ry 2017) is ac­com­pa­nied by a ca­ta­lo­gue of over fi­ve hun­dred pa­ges. A sub­stan­tial pie­ce of re­sear­ch that dra­ws on al­mo­st all the mu­seum and pri­va­te col­lec­tions con­tai­ning works by San­dro, Ame­ri­can de­si­gner of Ita­lian ori­gin, who li­ved in Flo­ren­ce, Ro­me and Lon­don. The vo­lu­me, edi­ted by Ma­teo Kries and Jo­chen Ei­sen­brand, com­pri­ses es­says by au­thors li­ke Ale­xan­dra Lan­ge and Jo­na­than Oli­va­res hi­ghlighting the fer­ti­le lin­gui­stic in­ter­la­ce­men­ts bet­ween Eu­ro­pean cul­tu­re and the li­ve­ly tra­di­tion of the Uni­ted Sta­tes that he em­bra­ced at a ve­ry young age: he is con­si­de­red the trans­la­tor of Ame­ri­can folk art in­to a mo­dern idiom. Ac­ti­ve in New York, De­troit, Co­lum­bus in In­dia­na and San­ta Fe in New Me­xi­co, the Gi­rard pre­sen­ted in the pu­bli­ca­tion is a fun­da­men­tal fi­gu­re in mo­dern de­si­gn, on a par wi­th Geor­ge Nel­son and Char­les Ea­mes. A lot of pic­tu­res, a de­tai­led bio­gra­phy and a com­ple­te li­st of his pro­duc­tions con­clu­de a ca­ta­lo­gue that is am­bi­tious in the ta­sk it has set itself: en­su­ring a po­si­tion of in­ter­na­tio­nal si­gni­fi­can­ce and re­spect for his work.

Bra­zil Mo­dern. The Re­di­sco­ve­ry of Twen­tie­th-Cen­tu­ry Bra­zi­lian Fur­ni­tu­re Aric Chen The Mo­na­cel­li Press, 2016 pp. 303, US $ 60

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