Arte Povera

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Oprawa: paperback, Format: 25,1x29,2 cm, Stron: 304, 2005 r., tekst: angielski

It was in 1967 that Italian art critic Germano Celant coined the term Arte Povera to describe the work of a generation of young Italian artists. Emerging alongside such international movements as Land Art, Minimalism and Conceptual Art, Arte Povera used a simple 'poverty' of gestures and materials - twigs, metals, glass, fabric, stone, even live animals - to turn away from traditional 'high' art. The Arte Povera artists explored the relation between art and life as it is made manifest in natural processes or cultural dynamics. First exhibiting together in Italy in the late 1960s, Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio went on to become internationally renowned. Bridging the natural and the artificial, the urban and the rural, Mediterranean life and Western modernity, Arte Povera's impact still resounds. Critic and curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is one of the world's leading authorities on post-war Italian art and culture.
About the Author

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is a writer and curator, internationally recognized as a scholar of late 20th-century Italian art. She has written extensively on the Arte Povera movement and published interviews and texts on artists such as Boettti, Pistoletto, Merz, Fabro and Kounellis. Her exhibitions incle a large-scale retrospective in 1996 of post-war Italian artists Alberto Burri in Rome, Brussels and Munich; and in 1997, 'Citta-Natura', a city-wide exhibition of international artists incling Anselmo, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Pascali and Kounellis, held in Rome. She is Chief Curator at the Castello di Rivoli, Turin, and was formerly Senior Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. She was co-curator, with Iwona Blazwick, of 'Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today', Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, 2004-5. Author's Residence: Turin and Rome, Italy