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Molinari by Bernard Teyssedre, Francois-Marc Gagnon, Roald Nasgaard, Marc Seguin & Gilles Daigneault

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Molinari by Bernard Teyssedre, Francois-Marc Gagnon, Roald Nasgaard, Marc Seguin & Gilles Daigneault

folio. pp. 321. profusely illustrated. hardcover boards. dw. Montreal: ABC Art Books Canada Distribution, 2018.

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ISBN-10: 2981623370 / ISBN-13: 9782981623379

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Guido Molinari (1933-2004) was one of Canada’s greatest artists. A largely self-taught painter who went on to exhibit to critical acclaim for over 50 years, Molinari pursued an unorthodox career. Ambitious to have his work seen but refusing categorization, he maintained a fierce independence in the face of the many schools and movements that marked the early years of abstract art. Rejecting labels and the constraints they entailed, Molinari pursued his own path according to a theory of art he called “The Molinari Theory”. Citing his greatest influences as the European Mondrian and the American Pollock, Guido Molinari produced works that perhaps only a Montreal artist could have created at that time.This substantial monograph provides a first-ever overview of the artist and his work. Taking the reader from Molinari’'s modest beginnings, to his participation in the Museum of Modern Art’'s groundbreaking 1965 exhibition The Responsive Eye, through to his selection as Canada'’s representative at the 1968 Venice Biennial, and onto his award-winning career, four essayists depict a man of exceptional intellectual prowess who produced radically abstract work that was often at odds with that of his contemporaries. In his 1974 essay, Bernard Teyssedre, stated that Molinari created, “unprecedented works that are some ten years ahead of New York’'s minimal art.”