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Boetti By Afghan People: Peshawar, Pakistan 1990 - Photographs by Randi Malkin Steinberger Hardcover – September 15, 2011

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More than 25 years after Italian artist Alighiero Boetti's death, 2011 marks the opening of a major international retrospective of the work of the Arte Povera master, sponsored by MoMA NY, the Tate Modern and Madrid's Reina Sofia. Adding to the new appreciation of Boetti's joyous work is this dazzling, multi-layered photo essay on the unseen story behind the making of his seminal arazzi (embroidered works). For the first time, the international web of artisans who made the arazzi comes into focus, through the work of American photographer Randi Malkin Steinberger.

In 1990, Steinberger traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan, with Boetti's blessing, to document how the Afghan refugee women realized the embroideries which Boetti had outlined. Steinberger, traveling with a Boetti assistant, followed "the journey of the cloths" into the craftswomen's workrooms as they brought color to these spectacular works. When Steinberger returned to Rome, she and Boetti worked together to choose 55 color photographs for a future book. Now, two decades after the photos were taken, they are being published for the first time in this beautiful edition.

Boetti often said that he considered his art a way to communicate across the globe, and that the resulting works were owned as much by the women who realized the embroidery as by the artist himself. Now, their story is revealed, and their work can be celebrated as Boetti intended.

Included are texts by Steinberger, Boetti scholar Christopher G. Bennett, longtime Boetti assistant Andrea Marescalchi, and a conversation between Steinberger and Rome-based gallerist, Alessandra Bonomo.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ram Publications (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970386095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970386090
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Boetti by Afghan People: Peshawar, Pakistan, 1990, artist/photographer Randi Malkin Steinberger documents the singular evolution of Alighiero Boetti's embroidered works from initial concept to final masterpiece. Her photographs trace the journey of Boetti's cloth drawings from his studio in Rome to the Afghan women's refugee camps in Pakistan. Through Steinberger's perceptive eye and illuminating words (as well as those of others) we see and feel the poignancy of the artist and the artisans who together created one of contemporary art's most exquisite and powerful bodies of work.
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By Drillo on September 24, 2012
This is a beautiful book of photographs.
Photographer Randi Malkin Steinberg took images of Afghan refugees in Pakistan while stiching tapestries for Alighiero Boetti.
A book dedicated to very nice images.
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