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Tito Varisco original lithograph | Bartok, Miraculous Mandarin Tito Varisco original lithograph | Bartok, Miraculous Mandarin

Medium: original lithograph. Tito Varisco was a well known scenographer (set designer), and this print was inspired by the Bela Bartok opera "The Miraculous Mandarin", and was executed for the second volume (1956-57) of very rare Documenti d'Arte d'Oggi, published in Milan by Groupe Espace. The total sheet measures 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (218 x 318mm). Signed and titled in the plate, not by hand.

Documenti d'Arte d'Oggi was an ongoing project of the Concrete Art Movement (Movimento arte concreta). This important portfolio consisted of original silkscreens, serigraphs, lithographs, woodcuts and linoleum cuts on various types of paper, compiled into an annual album from 1954-1958. Among the artists represented in this issue were: Aagaard Andersen, Enrico Bordoni, Angelo Bozzola, Guiseppe Capogrossi, Gillo Dorfles, Galliano Mazzon, Gianni Monnet, Bruno Munari, Mario Nigro, Sandro Pessina, Vivaldo Poli, Carol Rama, Regina, Manlio Rho, Nino Di Salvatore, Emilio Scanavino, Tito Varisco, Luigi Veronesi and Simonetta Vigevani Jung. Original prints by most of these artists are rare.

Tito Varisco original lithograph multiple | Arte Concreta Tito Varisco original lithograph multiple | Arte Concreta

Medium: original lithograph multiple. This unusual work consists of a strip of paper with a lithographed design that can be pulled through another paper section, cut in the shape of a television screen, to create the effect of a moving pattern. As an important scenographer (set designer) in Milan, Tito Varisco had a special interest in the emerging medium of television and its relation to the other visual arts. Published by Groupe Espace in Milan for the very rare Documenti d'Arte d'Oggi (1955-56). The total sheet measures 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (318 x 217mm). Not signed.

Condition: there is age-toning to the paper and a small tear in the viewer section.