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Carlo Mollino: Polaroids (Arena Editions)

Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico: Arena Editions, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 189204160X
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113026



First edition, first and only printing. Hardcover. Fine deep red moiré cloth with four-color plate tipped in debossed front cover, with title stamped in gilt on spine; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs (Polaroids) by Carlo Mollino. Text by Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari. 288 pp. with numerous four-color plates (450 total four-color and reproductions from original color and black-and-white Polaroids, 1 additional reference illustration and 1 duotone plate portrait of Carlo Mollino), beautifully printed on fine matte art paper by EBS, Verona, Italy. 10-3/4 x 8-3/4 inches. Out of print. Very scarce.


Near Fine (light surface indentation across front cover, visible only in raking light, else Fine).


From the publisher: "Carlo Mollino (1905--1973) was one of the most inspired mid-20th-century architects and designers. In a career that spanned more than four decades, Mollino designed buildings, homes, cars, aircraft, women's fashion, and theater sets. He was a renaissance man who sought to articulate movement and sensuality in his designs. Even more compelling are the magically surreal Polaroid images Mollino made in his Turin studio during the last 14 years of his life, seen here in the first-ever collection of Mollino's carefully honed erotic photographs of women. From 1,500 works, the Ferraris have culled over 250 representative images in which Molino posed his models in evocative clothing, staged the backdrops, and finally, altered the photos with a microscopic paintbrush to attain his ideal view of the female form. Only a few of Mollino's Polaroids have ever been viewed by the public."