One of Europe's most influential contemporary artists,
Michelangelo Pistoletto (born 1933) has persistently investigated
and expanded the role of the spectator in art since the 1950s
through painting, sculpture, and performance. His present standing
as an inspirational figure among younger artists is a testament to
the innovative vitality that characterizes all his work, from early
paintings and leadership in the Arte Povera movement to his
influence on current participatory artistic practices.
This handsomely illustrated book features works created from
1956 to 1974, many never exhibited in the United States, as well as
a selection of the artist's writings. Contributors to the book
discuss the context of Pistoletto's art, including the social and
artistic climate of Turin and the relationship between his work and
American Pop art, conceptual art, minimalism, and
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