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Art (even virtual) remains a good business. Schifano beaten at 644 thousand euros

15 January 2021 Posted by I sensi 0 thoughts on “Art (even virtual) remains a good business. Schifano beaten at 644 thousand euros”

The universe of auction houses recorded respectable numbers in 2020 despite Covid, sometimes better than 2019. Numbers growing, unlike art galleries and museums. In a nutshell, this is the balance sheet contained in this in-depth study by Corriere della Sera published on 21 December.

The artists who recorded the best results are Boetti, Schifano and Melotti. In particular, Mario Schifano’s Anemic Landscape I was sold by Christie’s in Milan for 644 thousand euros, during the “Thinking Italian Milan” auction on November 4, 2020.

For Bolaffi Arte, Mario Schifano created the work “il Gusto” for the series “The five senses“.


Vladimir Veličković: anatomy of an instant

28 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Carte da Gioco 0 thoughts on “Vladimir Veličković: anatomy of an instant”

The movement and the transience of an action fixed forever: Vladimir Veličković.

Between Serbia and France

Born in Belgrade (at the time Yugoslav city) in 1936, Vladimir Veličkovic graduated in Architecture from the local university. He then moved to Zagreb where, between 1962 and ’63, he worked in the atelier of the Croatian painter Krsto Hegedusic.

Just in 1963 he made his debut with a personal exhibition at the Biennial of Sao Paulo in Brazil. In 1965 he received the Paris Biennial Prize and the following year he moved to the French capital, where he held a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of the City (1970).

Velickovic - Fante
Fante, Fotolitografia – Copertina Bolaffi Arte, 1976

In 1972 he represented Yugoslavia at the Venice Biennale. From 1983 to 2000 he taught at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but never severed his bond with the mother country: in 1985 he was appointed a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU), one of the most important institutions academics of the country, which includes among its associates nobel prizes and scholars of Serbian origin who have distinguished themselves in the sciences or the arts.

In 2005 Veličković became part of the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, becoming one of the 12 members of the Painting section. He received one of the highest French honors, that of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.

In 2017, together with other Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin artists and intellectuals, he signed the Declaration on the Common Language which aims to counteract nationalisms and political manipulation of language in the countries of ex-Yugoslavia.

Vladimir Vélickovic dies in Split in 2019.

Vladimir Veličkovic’s poetics

Since its inception, Veličković directs his artistic research towards moving subjects while confronting dramatic and frightening situations.

Among its subjects, in addition to humans, mice and dogs often occur, blocked in the climax of the action by coordinates, figures, color diagrams or measures of time and space.

The atrocities committed by the Nazis in his country, which he witnessed as a child, are sublimated in single pictorial frames, in a moment of brutality and threat made eternal.

Vladimir Velickovic nel suo studio, ph.  Zarko Vijatovic
Vladimir Velickovic nel suo studio, ph. Zarko Vijatovic ©

His poetics evolved further in the early nineties, at the beginning of the war that devastated the Balkan peninsula. In his works persistently desolate landscapes appear, populated only by crows, fires, bodies torn by the horrors of war and continuous symbolic allusions to the crucifixion.

During his long life Veličković exhibits in international museums and galleries and his works appear in numerous public and private collections, such as the Tate Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Center Pompidou in Paris, the MOMA in New York , the Maeght Foundation of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

For Bolaffi he created the Jack of the Playing Cards and Animals in motion series. Dog n. 9.


Claudio Parmiggiani, the iconoclastic radicality

28 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Carte da Gioco 0 thoughts on “Claudio Parmiggiani, the iconoclastic radicality”

Casts, shadows, smoke, light, space and silence: for Claudio Parmiggiani a work is never a gesture of good manners, neither calming, nor optimistic but a hard, radical, extreme gesture.


Rafael Alberti Cuori

Rafael Alberti: between verses and painting

28 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Carte da Gioco 0 thoughts on “Rafael Alberti: between verses and painting”

Poet, painter, playwright, political activist, exile: Rafael Alberti crossed the twentieth century intensely, with consistency and commitment.


Concetto Pozzati, from informal to pop

28 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Carte da Gioco 0 thoughts on “Concetto Pozzati, from informal to pop”

Son (and nephew) of art, Concept Pozzati represented a bridge between the different currents of the second half of the twentieth century, from Informal to Surrealism, up to Pop Art.


Jiří Kolář: between poetry and collage

4 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Iris colors 0 thoughts on “Jiří Kolář: between poetry and collage”

Czech by birth but Parisian by adoption Jiří Kolář was a multifaceted and multifaceted artist. Son of a baker and a seamstress, he was born in 1914 in Protivìn, in southern Bohemia. He carries out very disparate jobs (carpenter, baker, blacksmith, waiter, railway worker) but his passion for the arts never fades.


The five senses…plus one from Bolaffi’s Covers

8 June 2018 Posted by I sensi, Multiples of art series 0 thoughts on “The five senses…plus one from Bolaffi’s Covers”

Joseph Beuys, Mario Schifano, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Rosenquist, Ugo Nespolo, Edward Kienholz: these are the artists of the Bolaffi series dedicated to the Senses. Effectively they are not just five but six.


Carte da Gioco Copertine Bolaffi

Playing cards: suits and figures for Bolaffi’s Artists

11 May 2018 Posted by Carte da Gioco, Multiples of art series, Playing cards 0 thoughts on “Playing cards: suits and figures for Bolaffi’s Artists”

Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades, Knight, Queen, King, and obviously Jack. This is not a four color deck, but the Bolaffi’s series of covers with playing cards. Signed by Rafael Alberti, Mauro Reggiani, Concetto Pozzati, Achille Perilli, Vladimir Velickovic, Claudio Parmiggiani, Flavio Costantini and Ben Vautier.


The arabic numbers

22 March 2018 Posted by Arabic numbers, Multiples of art series 0 thoughts on “The arabic numbers”

Zero, Four, Seven, Eight, Ten, Fifty, One hundred: these are the Arabic Numbers of  Bolaffi Art Covers. Developed in the ’70s, they gather some of the most famous names of the international artistic scene. From Emilio Vedova to Henry MooreEnrico Baj, Joan Mirò, including Arnaldo Pomodoro, Emilio Scanavino and Mauro Reggiani.


The signs of the zodiac

8 January 2018 Posted by Multiples of art series, zodiac signs 0 thoughts on “The signs of the zodiac”
The Signs of the Zodiac represent that bit of (harmless) daily irrationality that makes it more pleasant to read on the newspaper. Assigned by birth, they would influence the character and would even help predict the future. The esoteric charm coming from the reading of the stars does not spare the art and the artists of all ages. The twelve Bolaffi covers with the Zodiacal Signs are a splendid confirmation.


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