Publisher: Milano (Milan): Charta, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111743
First edition, first printing. Signed in black marker on the title page by Ruff. Soft cover. Photographically illustrated wrappers; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Thomas Ruff. Essays (in Italian and English) by Giancarlo Cosenza, Giovanni Leoni, Fabrizio Tramontano and Luigi Cosenza. Includes a list of works, biography and exhibition history. 72 pp., with 33 four-color plates and additional illustrations. 9-1/2 x 8-5/8 inches.
From the publisher: "'Shortly after graduating in Bridge and Road Engineering in 1929 and being appointed to the rank of reserve lieutenant, I took a look around my city. There were no patterns to follow--only examples to imitate. The grand extravagant projects were the monopoly of the regime of arrogance and favoritism. A modern fish market was needed to replace the grubby pietra del pesce on Via Marina. I studied the problem on the spot and visited various other fish markets in Pozzuoli, Milan, Venice, Marseilles, Ostend, Hamburg.' This is how Luigi Cosenza (Naples, 1905-1984) describes the genesis of his first project, the Mercato del pesce di Napoli (Fish Market of Naples), built in 1929 and considered the manifesto of the city's rational architecture. This book documents the M.D.P.N. building in equally rational and elegant images from Germany's renowned Thomas Ruff, beginning with photographs taken in the dazzling light of an early afternoon in September 2002."