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Chaos and Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda

This exhibition catalogue, with an extensive essay by curator Laura Valeri that makes use of the artist's papers and archival materials, focuses on the work of Italian artist Piero Lerda (1927–2007), in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name (Feb. 14–May 10, 2015) at the Georgia Museum of Art. Working meticulously in a variety of media such as India ink and wax, acrylic paint and innumerable collage materials from candy wrappers to corrugated cardboard, Lerda created abstract works that are at once playful and cerebral. Valeri investigates his symbolic language (e.g., kites, merry-go-round cities), lays out his biography and contextualizes his work. This is the first catalogue in English on Lerda's work and reproduces in full-page color all 38 works in the exhibition.

Author: Laura Valeri
96 pp.; Illustrated; $15.00
ISBN 978-0-915977-88-8
Published: February 2015

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