A.G. Rizzoli: Architect of Magnificent Visions

ISBN: 9780810942936
Artist(s): A.G. Rizzoli
Author(s): Jo Farb Hernandez, John Beardsley, Roger Cardinal
Format: hardback
Year published: 1997
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publisher Location: New York
Total Pages: 136
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout


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He has been compared to Blake, Piranesi, and Escher, and his imaginative architectural drawings have been described as “the find of the century.” Outwardly, he was a recluse who had few companions except for his mother and children in the neighborhood; inwardly, he was the creator of fantastic renderings, including an attempt late in life to transcribe a third testament of the Bible. He is A. G. Rizzoli (1896-1981), visionary artist extraordinaire.

The discovery of Rizzoli’s Beaux Arts-style drawings in San Francisco came in 1990, when they were brought to the attention of a keen-eyed dealer. Since that time, Rizzoli has acquired a fame that would astonish this shy, conflicted man. Essays about Rizzoli’s life, analyses of his work and writings, and sources of his inspiration are presented in this first-ever survey by scholars John Beardsley, Roger Cardinal, and Jo Farb Hernandez.

A. G. Rizzoli: Architect of Magnificent Visions brings together for the first time a dazzling array of works. In addition the book includes a chronology, glossary of terms (for the artist was an acrobatic linguist), and list of pseudonyms and self-referential titles. Today Rizzoli is regarded as one of the most astonishing visionary or outsider artists, with an avid following from California to New York.


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