Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Depero Futurista

A Kickstarter campaign to reprint one of the world's first artists' portfolios is currently at $74 000, or 30% of it's goal, after it's first day. The aim is to raise $249 000 by December 1st.

Designers & Books, the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York (CIMA), and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy (Mart) are collaborating to publish a facsimile edition of a book by Italian Futurist artist and designer Fortunato Depero.

Dating back to 1927, the monograph is titled Depero Futurista, or “Depero the Futurist,” and more commonly known as The Bolted Book, because of it's unusual binding (predating similar approaches by George Maciunas and Volf Vostell by decades).

With it's bold typographic experimentation and layout, the book is recognized as a landmark avant-garde example of the “book as object.” If sufficient funds are raised, the title will be reprinted for the first time since its original publication 90 years ago.

Visit the Kickstarter campaign for details, here.

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