The Art Agenda – In bookstores

Human Alphabet from le Heures de Charles d'Angoulême by Robinet Testard, 15th century
Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris

• Maurizio Baroni, Film Painters . Lazy Dog Press
They called them "cartellonisti", in reality they were real "cinema painters". For the first time, the publishing industry turns its gaze to the artists who since the post-war period have made the fortune of a rising film industry like the Italian one.
"That of the painters of the cinema was a magical and mysterious art", writes Gian Luca Farinelli in the preface, "Cinema is the art of movement, how can it be summarized in a painted rectangle? How to extract a single image for two hours? How to transform two-dimensional actors into gods of Olympus? "

The answer is 432 pages and 500 color illustrations, some of which unpublished, which review a production to be rediscovered. Posters, sketches, sketches, rare works held in private collections cover 50 years of cinema with tasty anecdotes and curiosities, in a volume of considerable historical interest that attracts cinephiles and enthusiasts, but which will also win graphic designers, illustrators and communicators new generation.

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• Ennery Taramelli, Louis Daguerre. The alchemist who stopped the time . Diabasis
Suspense and retro atmospheres for a novel that transports us to the dawn of photography, in a Ville Lumière suspended between faith in progress and an irresistible attraction for the dark arts.
The protagonist is none other than Louis Daguerre, who has gone down in history for the invention of the daguerreotype (ancestor of photography), as well as a painter, director and diorama contractor.

What many do not know is that Daguerre was an adept of esoteric cults. Through two female voices, Ennery Taramelli builds a compelling narrative around him: amorous passions and perturbing initiatory experiences intertwine with the march of technology destined to change our relationship with reality, on a journey between nineteenth-century Paris and the mysterious Auvergne. In the background, political intrigues, disruptive discoveries, debates between artists and scientists who will prepare the ground for the advent of the new invention.

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• Claude Cahun, Bets are open . Wunderkammern editions
First Italian translation for the provocative pamphlet by Claude Cahun, published for the first time in 1934 and still very current. Rebellious artist, woman in clothes and a man's name, lesbian, Jewish, non-violent partisan, Lucy Renée Mathilde Schwob aka Claude Cahun had them all to scandalize France's right-minded friends of Affaire Dreyfus and the Republic of Vichy.

Recently rediscovered, his creations have anticipated feminist and feminist themes in the limelight of contemporary artistic production. In self-portraits and disguises full of irreverent irony, Cahun wondered: who are they? What is hidden under the masks I am forced to wear? The answer was in an "elastic God", in the right to a plural identity, in the search for a "deliberate madness".
Beyond the definitions of gender and the limits of a Surrealist Movement all declined to the masculine, The bets are open is a hymn to freedom, the claim of the independence of art and poetry from those who tried to bend them to ideological needs.

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