Stefano Arienti: The Asian Shore

With an inexhaustible toolbox of techniques, a devotion to drawing and an almost-Surrealist knack for collage and uncanny combinations, the Milan-based artist Stefano Arienti has long been in search of new ways to make a mark while experimenting with free-form narrative.

Especially suited to book form, the works collected in The Asian Shore are juxtaposed lyrically, with lines from one page seemingly disappearing into the book's gutter and reemerging in a new form on the next. This well-considered volume combines earlier work alongside more recent drawings inspired by the archives of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where Arienti made extensive use of the Oriental collection.

By Stefano Arienti, with text by Pieranna Cavalchini, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Pietro C. Marani, and Alan Chong
76 pages
Published by Charta/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2008
6.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches