Arte Povera 1962-1972. Comprised of more than 140 objects, is the first major exhibition to focus exclusively on early work by the 14 key artists associated with the genesis of Arte Povera. Wiping clean the slate of art history, these artists adopted an egalitarian attitude toward both traditional and more mundane artistic materials (air, wax, mirrors, lead, newspaper, vegetation, neon, pipe, fabric), introducing a metaphysical and iconoclastic aesthetic that has had a profound effect on the art of today.
Of all the artistic labels to emerge during the cultural ferment of the 1960s, Arte
Povera is the most poetic as well as the most elusive. It was never an art
movement or even an official group, the work never conformed to a single style or
"look," and the term remains defiantly untranslatable ("poor art" does not do it
justice). Arte Povera was an essentially Italian response to the widespread desire
among artists to expand the physical and mental boundaries of art and to break
down what they saw as the irrelevant divisions between art and life. The term
was first coined by Genoese writer-critic Germano Celant in 1967. Throughout the
sixties, he continued to use Arte Povera to define and champion the work of a
number of young artists from Turin, Rome, Genoa, and Milan--all of whom, in
radically different ways, were devoted to redefining the properties and
possibilities of painting and sculpture within the context of Italy's past, present,
Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972, comprised of more than 140 objects and organized collaboratively by the Walker Art Center and Tate Modern, London, is the first major exhibition to focus exclusively on early work by the 14 key artists associated with the genesis of Arte Povera. Wiping clean the slate of art history, these artists adopted an egalitarian attitude toward both traditional and more mundane artistic materials (air, wax, mirrors, lead, newspaper, vegetation, neon, pipe, fabric), introducing a metaphysical and iconoclastic aesthetic that has had a profound effect on the art of today.
Whatever the medium or the method, Arte Povera remains quintessentially Italian. Although it emerged out of a country in flux--in the mid-1960s the postwar economic boom of the "Italian Miracle" had deteriorated into social protest and upheaval, culminating in the May 1968 economic revolts and massive workers' strikes in 1969--this was not an art of disillusionment, but of hope and a radical belief in the transformative power of art and human endeavor. Arte Povera may have been the expression of a specific time and place, but artists across the world continue to follow its pioneering example.
Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, PierPaolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Piero Gilardi, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, Gilberto Zorio.
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ZERO TO INFINITY: ARTE POVERA 1962-1972
Published by the Walker with the Tate, the fully illustrated 304-page exhibition catalogue includes selected artists' writings, an introduction by curators Richard Flood and Frances Morris, and essays by Francesco Bonami, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Corinna Criticos, Robert Lumley, and Karen Pinkus. Hardcover: $50 ($45 Walker members).
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2 PM
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.
WALKER AFTER HOURS/PREVIEW PARTY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 9 PM-12 MIDNIGHT
Join us for an evening of Italian art and elegant entertainment to celebrate the opening of this internationally touring exhibition.
OPENING-DAY DIALOGUE: SPACES OF ARTE POVERA
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2 PM
Tommaso Trini, a critic active during the era, and Robert Lumley, British scholar of Italian cultural history and catalogue contributor, discuss the ideas and ambitious work of the artists associated with Arte Povera.
GALLERY TALK: DOUBLE ZERO EQUALS INFINITY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 6:30 PM
On this tour, take a look at the paradoxes that make Arte Povera so rich.
MACK LECTURE: JORIE GRAHAM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2 PM
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham reads an "Occasional" score that weaves her own language with that assembled from Michelangelo Pistoletto's critical Arte Povera texts.
EDITORS' FORUM: THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2 PM
Sandra Antelo-Suarez of Trans magazine, Massimiliano Gioni of Flash Art, Amanda Sharp from Frieze, and Jack Bankowsky of Artforum discuss the influences of critical journals on global cultural trends.
ZERO TO INFINITY: ARTE POVERA 1962-1972 WAS ORGANIZED BY THE WALKER ART CENTER, MINNEAPOLIS, AND TATE MODERN, LONDON.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Thursday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 11 am-5 pm; Closed Monday.
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Exhibition GALLERIES 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6