Title : AFRO 1972-1975
Arazzi, grafiche,dieci fiori a Baudelaire
Maker of product: Luca Massimo Barbero, Giovanni Granzotto
n° pages: 80
A refined catalogue representing the exhibit that Vallecchi dedicated to the painter Afro Basaldella ( October 6 to November 24, 2001 at BZF in Florence) including graphic works, as well as ten aquatints dedicated to Baudelaire, and the entire corpus of tapestries. The exposition of tapestries was a preview of the Guggenheim exhibit in New York scheduled for 2004. The catalogue consist of reproductions of the tapestries and is accompanied by a previously unpublished biography written by Afro himself. Important contributions of critics are enriched by an extensive iconographic display of the exhibited tapestries and description of various moments of the artist’s life. The artist Afro Basaldella was born in Udine in 1912, a citizen of the Friuli region in Alto Veneto, "where the air takes its fragrance and color from paintings". This quotation of Afro captures the essence of his art recognized worldwide. An important influence on Afro’s captures the essence of his art recognized worldwide. An important influence on Afro’s output was his artistic experience in the United States which, in the 1950’e, enabled him to receive the Pittsburg Prize and the Prize for Italy at the Guggenheim in New York. The 1960’s were characterized by a series of world-wide personal exhibits. After his death in 1976, he was the subject of many important monographs. The critics who wrote the essays are among the most cited on an international level. Luca Massimo Barbero is currently the cultural coordinator of imprtant artistic event. Giovanni Granzotto is a noted art critic, as well as artistic director of various international travellin exhibitions, and well-known expert on tapestries.