Alejandro Xul Solar

Alejandro Xul Solar

Book - 1996 | Spanish
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"This is the first full-scale study of the life and work of Argentine artist Xul Solar (1887-1963), who was born Oscar Agustin Alejandro Schulz Solari in Buenos Aires. A gregarious eccentric, Xul Solar played a prominent role in the Argentine avant-garde of the 1920s, which included Jorge Luis Borges and such visiting luminaries as Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the Italian Futurist leader. Xul Solar went on to create a number of interrelated verbal and visual languages that expressed his identity as an Argentine/Latin American artist as well as a utopian desire for universal brotherhood." "Xul Solar left Argentina in 1911 on his way to the Far East, but he went only as far as Europe, where he remained for twelve years. There he absorbed modernist ideas - Symbolism, Expressionism, and Constructivism - and distilled them in a mixture of wit and whimsy. Xul Solar's first exhibition in Europe was held in Milan in 1910; he returned to Buenos Aires in 1924." "By 1918 he had formulated a system of pictorial writing called neocriollo (Neo-Creole), designed to be understood all over Latin America. Xul Solar continued to study languages throughout his life, along with philosophy, astrology, Asian religions, and mysticism, and all of these were reflected in his art. His later works included visionary architectural projects and paintings composed mainly of messages."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Buenos Aires : Ediciones ALBA : FundaciĆ³n Bunge y Born ; New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1996, c1994.
ISBN: 9780810939820
0810939827
Branch Call Number: 759.982/GRADOWCZYK
Characteristics: 255 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Additional Contributors: Xul Solar, Alejandro 1887-1963.
Alternative Title: Xul Solar

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theorbys Feb 08, 2012

Xul Solar was a great artist, as dedicated to the pure imagination as to pure art. Since most of the time he lived and worked in Argentina his work is not nearly as well known as it deserves. He invented his own languages and painted using them, and influenced Borges' fundamental tale of imaginative language: Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius. This lavishly illustrated book does a great job of making Xul Solar's life, work, and ideas available.

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