Piero Manzoni




Large comprehensive English-language catalogue that was published in the occasion of a major 1991 retrospective survey of the late, hugely influencial, Italian Conceptual artist Piero Manzoni held at the Musee D’Art Moderne De La Ville De Paris, curated by the Italian art critic, author and curator Germano Celant.
This rare monographic volume spans 242 pages profusely illustrated in colour and black and white images of Manzoni’s painting, releifs, sculpture and editioned works, performances, printed ephemera, and more, as well as additional texts by Germano Celant, Jean Pierre Criqui, Jens Hendrik Sandberg, Francisco Calvo Seraller, Nancy Spector, and Suzanne Page. Also includes an exhibition checklist, chronology, bibliography and exhibition history, with all texts in English.

Piero Manzoni (July 13, 1933 – February 6, 1963) was an Italian artist best known for his ironic approach to avant-garde art. Often compared to the work of Yves Klein, his own work anticipated, and directly influenced, the work of a generation of younger Italian artists brought together by the critic Germano Celant in the first Arte Povera exhibition held in Genoa, 1967. Manzoni is most famous for a series of artworks that call into question the nature of the art object, directly prefiguring Conceptual Art. His work eschews normal artist’s materials, instead using everything from rabbit fur to human excrement in order to “tap mythological sources and to realize authentic and universal values”. His work is widely seen as a critique of the mass production and consumerism that was changing Italian society (the Italian economic miracle) after World War II. Italian artists such as Manzoni had to negotiate the new economic and material order of post-war Europe through inventive artistic practices which crossed geographic, artistic, and cultural borders.

A fine example of this very scarce book on the great Piero Manzoni.

* Condition: Fine (an almost as new copy, very light wear) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Piero Manzoni (1991)
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