Emilio Tadini 1988 Lithographic Promotional Print Memphis Milano Pop Art 27 x 38

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Abstract postmodern lithograph by Emilio Tadini dated 1988. Through research, we have discovered this to be from a series of promotional images produced for Intercos, the European cosmetics manufacturing company, thus the lipstick so prominently featured in the print. Stylistically, this is a great example of the Pop Art Memphis Milano style of the 80s decade.

Unframed, the print measures 26.5” x 38”. It has a punched edge on top where it was removed from a calendar style binding. It is on a thick rag paper. Plate signed. There are some minor creases to the print overall and a 1/2” border of slight discoloration where it was previously under matte. Please ask any and all questions prior to offer or purchase.

Emilio Tadini (b. 1927 – d. 2002 Milan, Italy) is considered one of the most original personalities of Italy’s post- World War II cultural landscape. A Poet, novelist, essayist, art critic, journalist and painter, he is, in the words of friend and contemporary Umberto Eco, “A writer who paints, a painter who writes.”. His first solo exhibition was in 1961 at the Galleria del Cavallino in Venice, and then in 1965, in a group show, together with Mario Schifano, Valerio Adami and Lucio Del Pezzo at the newly opened Studio Marconi in Milan.

Although stylistically ‘Pop’ Tadini, rather than the superficial gloss of American Pop Art, was greater interested in the more introspective, personal, and at times intellectual British Pop Art such as Peter Blake, David Hockney and Allen Jones, but also to that of Francis Bacon, Patrick Caufield, Ronald Kitaj, and the figurative narratives of Valerio Adami and Hervé Télémaque.

During the 1970s he had solo exhibitions in Paris, Stockholm, Brussels, London, Antwerp, the United States and Latin America, both in private galleries and museums. In 1978 and 1982 Tadini participated in the Venice Biennale, and in 1986 he had a large solo exhibition at the Rotonda di via Besana in Milan. From autumn 1995 to the summer of 1996 a major retrospective took place in the museums of Stralsund, Bochum and Darmstad. In spring 2005, the Villa dei Cedri Museum in Bellinzona had a large posthumous retrospective of his work.