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Object: L'Oriente Risplende di Rosso
Series: Mais si vous voulez pourrir en paix (But if you want to rot in peace)
Abstract composition from a portfolio of eight etchings, plus title-sheet and colophon sheet, housed between cream heavy paper covers and kept in red clothbound slipcase. 1968
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Height: 450 millimetres (image)
Height: 515 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 290 millimetres
Width: 355 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Printed and published by Grafica Romero, Rome, in an edition of 35; this set numbered 21. The etchings were printed by Renzo Romero on cream wove Rosaspina di Fabriano paper. The colophon sheet is printed in letterpress 'Roma, maggio 1968' and is numbered and signed in pencil: '21/ Novelli'.
In the second half of the 1960s Novelli was profoundly influenced by the civil unrest and climate of protest of the period. In 1968, the year in which this portfolio was made, he was one of a number of artists to protest against the establishment at the Venice Biennale. He had been invited to participate but chose to show his work facing the walls or covered up.
The text in this series reflects Novelli's left-wing politics and the socialist movements in Italy, China, the USSR and elsewhere at the end of the 1960s. Novelli expresses his opposition to the American war in Vietnam and dedicates the etchings to Mao, General Giap, Che Guevara and 'all those that with violence are opposing the USA'.
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