Arte Povera


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Arte Povera

[Ital.,=poor art], influential art movement that arose in Italy in the late 1960s. It was championed by the Italian art critic Germano Celant, who also named (1967) the movement. It was characterized by generally large abstract sculptures made up of humble and often organic or discarded materials such as dirt, rope, rocks, old clothing, burlap sacks, wire, broken glass, tree limbs, industrial waste, and the like. Among the more than a dozen artists associated with Arte Povera are Jannis Kounellis, Mario and Marisa Merz, Luciano Fabro, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giovanni Anselmo, and Piero Manzoni. Partially a reaction to Italy's economic boom, to its student and worker revolts, and to the prevalence of consumer culture, the movement is regarded artistically as a rejection of the tenets of high art and a reaction to American pop artpop art,
movement that restored realism to avant-garde art; it first emerged in Great Britain at the end of the 1950s as a reaction against the seriousness of abstract expressionism.
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schools of contemporary art and music, with their origins in the 1960s, that have emphasized simplicity and objectivity. Minimalism in the Visual Arts
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Bibliography

See catalogs by C. Criticos et al. (2001) and F. Malsch et al., ed. (2011); studies by G. Celant (tr. 1969 and 1985, tr. 2011), R. Lumley (2005), G. Lista (2008), M. Bürgi et al. (2012), and C. Christov-Bakargiev (2005 and 2014).

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The couple's interest in Arte Povera started at Castello di Rivoli, a contemporary art museum in Turin that houses a large collection of postwar Italian art.
Inspired by Giorgio Vigna, who was the first artist they commissioned in 2003, the Program encourages artists to work with 'the memory' of Italy's Arte Povera movement.
Literally meaning "poor art" in Italian, the Arte Povera movement is characterised by the use of found or humble materials and works often relate to human history built around the understanding that objects can tell personal, social and political stories.
Tapies fue uno de los pocos artistas que desde sus inicios utilizo la pintura, la materia, el arte povera, el informalismo, como expresion, como conocimiento y como forma de relacionarse con el mundo.
The 21-year-old, of North Shields, North Tyneside, said: "I started to use pieces of tree in quite a lot of my work and was influenced by the work of Giuseppe Penone, who recently exhibited at the Tate in London as part of the Arte Povera exhibition.
Tambien el Arte Povera, por ejemplo, a finales de los anos sesenta se propuso fusionar arte y vida- actitudes ya realizadas por el dadaismo y las artes de la accion- impulsando una dialectica de los materiales tanto natural como industriales.
Experientially, it's a kind of architectural Arte Povera that makes poetic use of cheap and disregarded materials.
Essays on particular artists are gathered into topical categories such as post-expressionism and animism, the origins of geometric abstraction or concrete art, new figuration, existential sculpture, art as social criticism, art and language, ugly realism, graphic arts, reflexion on art and science, young Belgian painting 1845-48, informal art, neo-symbolism, kinetic art and op art, arte povera, installation art, ceramics, and art and feminism.
Ikon Gallery, Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham: Giuseppe Penone - sculpture, drawings and photographs by Italian artist associated with the Arte Povera movement, until July 19.
Arte Povera (literally, impoverished art) is a term coined around 1967 by the critic Germano Celant to describe the work of an emerging group of Italian artists.
A reworking of arte povera pioneer Giovanni Anselmo's automatic photograph Entrare nell'opera (Entering the Work, 1971), the dreamlike quality of Exiting Picture Left (all work 2006) betrays not only the same interest in shifts or disambiguations of consciousness, but also looks forward to exponents of the Dusseldorf School, students of Bernd Becher like Andreas Gursky, and Thomas Struth, Candida Hofer, and others--among whose ranks Arndt could easily be counted.