Italics takes up where the celebrated exhibition Italian Metamorphosis, put together by Germano Celant in 1995, left off. Important works from the Pinault collection are the focal point the exhibition hinges on, through Arte Povera, minimalism, Post-Pop, Neo-avant-guard and the new generations: from artists of the past (Merz, Kounellis, Pascali, Fontana, Boetti, Zorio, Battaglia) to artists of today (Cattelan, Lambri, Tuttofuoo, Arienti, Beecroft). The collection of contemporary Italian art on view to the public for the first time is illustrated by articles untangling the tensions and artistic trends which have imbued the last 40 years (under the general editorship of Francesco Bonami), and also take a look at the principal artists who characterized them (Gingeras). The historical, sociological and cultural background (by Empoli, Guerzoni, Manacorda) is accompanied by a short, but exhaustive, illustrated chronology.
Table of Contents
|25||An Ancient Contemporary Civilization by Francesco Bonami|
|33||Media and the Mediation of Contemporary Art, 1960–1990, by Guido Guerzoni|
|53||Conservation as a Core Business by Giuliano da Empoli|
|57||"While Form May Disappear, It's Roots Remain Eternal": The Revolt of Poets and Inventors by Francesco Manacorda|
|63||Derationate Far and Wide: Notes on Italian Art Today by Paola Nicolin|
|278||Artists in the Exhibition|