Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Maurizio Nannucci | M 40/1967

Maurizio Nannucci
M 40/1967
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Edition Multi Art Points, 1976
184 pp., 8.25 x 6 x .075", softcover with dustjacket in box
Edition of 1000, 250 of which are signed and numbered and also include three graphics.

One of my favorite artist's books, made as a tribute to the Olivetti typewriter M 40 (see promotional brochure for the unit, below), consisting entirely of single-character typewriter grids. Given the experimentation with typography and the concrete poetry of the day, the work is remarkably restrained. It's also beautifully produced in an elegant white clamshell box. I'm not sure what the year 1967 in the title refers to, as the M40 was produced twenty and thirty years prior (in '67 the Olivetti Diaspron 82 was released).

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