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Floriano Vecchi

Casa Italiana, Columbia University

The name Floriano Vecchi is less than familiar these days, yet he played an intriguing and significant role in the evolution of Abstract Expressionism and, even more unexpectedly, in that of Pop art as well. In 1953, Vecchi partnered with Richard Miller to found the Tiber Press, printing artwork for such figures as Helen Frankenthaler, Michael Goldberg, Alfred Leslie, and Joan Mitchell. Joined by poet Daisy Aldan, the friends went on to found Folder, a magazine produced under the careful scrutiny of Vecchi, an academically trained artist who originally came from Pianuro, near Bologna. Using hand screen processes and hand-set type, they created a memorable review. Comprised of unbound signatures and free plates, Folder contained original screenprints by Gandy Brodie, Grace Hartigan, Leslie, and Felix Pasilis, though its list of poets is perhaps more striking today, including as it did Frank

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