Texts by Achille Bonito Oliva, Jack Stewart, Enrico Pedrini, Wolfgang Becker et al.
29.8 x 22.7 cm
Edition: Electa Napoli
This is a near fine copy of the catalog of the exhibition American Graffiti, which was conceived and organized by Gianni Mercurio and Mirella Panepinto under the direction of the critic Achille Bonito Oliva. The initial plan for the project was to present a selection of works from the Ludwig Forum di Aache in Naples, ten years after the 1987 exhibition Pop Art America Europa dalla collezione Ludwig in Florence. American Graffiti took place in the halls of the Maschio Angioino from July 11th to September 6th, 1997, just before the works were transferred to Rome, where the directors of the Chiostro del Bramante had made a last-minute decision to follow Warhol, viaggio in Italia with the exhibition. The Roman sojourn of American Graffiti, from October 3rd to December 8th, 1997, was a more ambitious undertaking than the Neapolitan project. New lending requests were made of Italian collectors with an interest in graffiti writing, with the goal of “not necessarily historicizing, but creating a historical read of an artistic milieu.” This approach created a discrepancy between the works on display in the exhibition and the texts published in the catalogue. While the first reunited the names of artists who today are impossible to reconcile with graffiti writing, like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf and Ronnie Cutrone, critics like Achille Bonito Oliva and Jack Stewart prove their deep comprehension of the movement. Their essays trace an attempt at reading the phenomenon which remains extremely relevant to this day.