Gabriele Basilico

An introductory monograph on one of Italy's leading fine art photographers.

Francesco Bonami


Price: CAD$35.00

Gabriele Basilico (b. 1944) is one of the most important Italian photographers. Coming from the long-established tradition of landscape art, his is an idiosyncratic representation of architecture and landscape. His photographs of cityscapes, residential buildings and factories seem to deny the presence of the artist and to ask viewers to form their own conclusions about relationships between structures, and between structures and landscape. Stripping bare the urban context of any human activity, his work transcends mere instances and seeks to reveal the very essence of 'place' and of our relationship with it.

Basilico is one of the best-known 'documentary' photographers in Europe. He eschews the traditional picturesque forms of landscape imagery to turn his attention the city and the industralized landscape photographed in black and white, with a precision and clarity that is almost alarming. An architect by training, Gabriele Basilico's camera imposes discipline on the buildings on which it focuses - he banishes human life to reveal the life of the building itself.

Basilico travels extensively and in-depth, often working with government bodies to catalogue the appearance of the urban landscape for posterity. He travelled to Berlin in 1990, where he documented the gradual demolition of the Berlin Wall. In 1991 he worked in Beirut, capturing the life and remnants of a city after years of war had taken its toll. Each instance of his work is a unique pictorial record of a particular point in time. He avoids romanticism yet manages to reveal the underlying rhythm and life of the modern urban environment.


Format: Hardback
Size: 245 x 210 mm (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in)
Pages: 128 pp
Illustrations: 0 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714845678

Francesco Bonami is currently the Manilow Senior Curator at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, and has recently been a member of the Advisory Board of the 2004 Carnegie International and a curator of the 50th Venice Biennale (1993). His books include monographs on Atget, Paul Graham and Maurizio Cattelan, the latter published by Phaidon.

'The work of Italian Gabriele Basilico has a quality rare to architectural photography: you can revisit his images time and time again. ... beautiful ... I'd recommend this book to anyone who gets a thrill from looking at buildings. If its raining and you can't go outside, slip this out from under your pillow.' (Grand Designs)

Larry Fink


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