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March 2018: looking at #mariomerz
“pittore in africa” (painter in africa), 1984 @magazzino
italian art, ny part of their #artepovera
exhibition representing the #olnickspanucollection's core of #postwarart #italianart
allowing the space to be an environment solely devoted to this generation of italian artists.
their work came at a defining moment in the 1960s, as italy was transitioning into an era of burgeoning industrialization, student rebellion & a decline of the “economic miracle” of the 1950s allowed by the #marshallplan. the artists aimed to eradicate the boundaries between media as well as between nature & art under the mantra “#artislife.” the term arte povera, coined by art critic #germanocelant
in 1967 to mean "impoverished art", grew out of the radical stance artists were taking in response to their dissatisfaction w the values established by political, industrial & cultural institutions in italy. following the movement’s inception by celant, 1968 was a year of seismic social & political change across the globe which percolated into the time's art scene.
merz (1925-2003) is best known for his arrangements of neon lights & found objects, to create freestanding structures. interested in the relationship between art & nature, much of merz’s work addresses the organic growth of natural elements & the #fibonacciprogression, a mathematical formula developed by leonardo fibonacci in the middle ages. “perhaps they were not interesting in themselves as work, more as an alternative to taking painting as the piece, or as total abstraction—like painting a canvas completely red or white which doesn't interest me at all,” the artist has said. “my concern has always been with phenomena that related to reality itself.” 1945 merz was jailed for his collusion w the anti-fascist group giustizia e libertà. 1967, he joined the arte povera movement, where he worked alongside #giovannianselmo, #lucianofabro
& his wife #marisamerz. 1989 @guggenheim
did a merz retrospective “unreal city” (città irreale). #conceptualart #processart #minimalist #modernart #contemporaryart #magazzinoitalianart #guggenheim #throwback #artoftheday #artcurator #artadvisor #destineeross