An artist and writer, Emilio Isgrò is one of the major figures of Italian Conceptual Art, known above all for his artistic language of ‘erasures’. He made his debut at a very young age with a collection of poems, Fiere del Sud (Southern Fairs), in 1956. By 1964, however, he had already produced his first erasures: books and encyclopaedias that had been partially or completely erased, representing one of the first manifestations of Conceptual Art in Italy. His in-depth study of the alphabetical sign and the use of typefaces in the design of visual communication, as well as his consequent in-depth teaching, have accompanied a professional career that has seen him lend his services to some of Italy’s most important industries for almost half a century, creating, among other things, trademarks and logotypes with particularly structured lettering. His many works of editorial graphics and art direction reveal his constant love for typeface.
photo © Luisa Porta, 2019. Courtesy Archivio Emilio Isgrò.