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Arte Povera Now and Then

Esso Gallery, New York

Perspectives for a New Guerrilla Art

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Perspectives for a New Guerrilla Art

an exhibition curated by Francine Benjo and Potassio Pliffi

Jennifer Bacon and Filippo Fossati are pleased to announce the opening of a group show, Arte Povera Now and Then, (Perspectives for a New Guerrilla Art).

It was in 1967 that Italian art critic Germano Celant coined the term Arte Povera (poor art) 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 simple, 'poor' gestures and materials -twigs, metals, glass, fabric, stone, even live animals- to turn away from traditional 'high' art. They explored the relation between art and life as it is made manifest in natural processes or cultural dynamics with some deep political feelings. In one of his first writings, Germano Celant talked about the art of this group as "guerrilla art".

40 years have already past since the birth of Arte Povera. To celebrate this group of artists who are also personal friends and to honor one of the most meaningful movements in recent art history, Esso Gallery presents "Arte Povera Now and Then, (Perspectives for a New Guerrilla Art)". The exhibition will showcase the work that either overtly or covertly has an ideal association with Arte Povera. The intention is to provide in a moment of great contradictions an opportunity to think on the real value of art, on how the common world changes and on how artists tackle materials or ideology today.

Participating artists include:

Vincenzo Amato, Cristian Alexa, Jay Batlle, Paolo Bertocchi, Davide Cantoni, Juan Matos Capote, Carlos Garaicoa, Deborah Grant, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Marguerite Kahrl, Nicus Lucá, Alfredo Martinez, Jonathan Monk, Sheila Pepe, Nicola Ponzio, Analia Saban, Lyota Yagi, Yuken Teruya, Rob Wynne, Giovanni Anselmo, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Paolo Pellion, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giberto Zorio

photograph by Paolo Mussat Sartor / invitation design by Natane Takeda

Filippo Fossati

Opening Reception: Saturday April 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Esso Gallery 531 West 26th Street New York NY 10001

Akira Ikezoe
dal 5/2/2009 al 27/3/2009

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