Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Antonio Frasconi, Kaleidoscope in Woodcuts, New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1968

A lively and wonderfully compact accordion that serves as a mini survey of Antonio Frasconi's (1919-2013) wood cut prints up to 1968. Twenty-six prints are reproduced here with each receiving a two-page spread. Born in Argentina, but by nationality Uruguayan, his parents were Italian immigrants who moved to South America during WWI. In 1945 Frasconi moved to the USA and soon established a reputation for himself, later becoming a professor at the State University of New York at Purchase. An illustrator for many books this accordion is one of a number he created during his long career. An earlier accordion titled "A Sunday in Monterey" (1964) was published by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. The book featured here was published to celebrate Frasconi's selection by the Republic of Uruguay as its representative at the 34th Biennale in Venice, 1968.

Frasconi often tackled themes of social justice and politics, and a later series that took 10 years to complete was titled "The Disappeared" and addressed the disappearances that took place under the various Uruguayan dictatorships. Individual pages for this book are: 5 2/8" x 2 1/8," and fully extended 10' 3.25"

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