Scheda libro
Non-Fiction

Mezzo secolo di arte intera

Scritti 1964-2014

  • Author: Tommaso Trini
  • Edited by: Luca Cerizza
  • Year: 2016
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 352
  • Price: 23,00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-119-8
  • Size: 15,5 x 23 cm
  • Illustrations: 37 b/w

If we know what we know about the extraordinary art revolution of the second half of the sixties, about Arte Povera, Conceptural Art, Process Art and Land Art; if we now see in Boetti, Pistoletto and Zorio some of the most important exponents of their generation; if we know what Lucio Fontana’s last comments were or we have read about recently discovered figures such as the ones by Agnetti, Baruchello, Dadamaino, Mulas and Griffa, it is also thanks to the news reports, the reviews, the essays, and the publishing and teaching work of Tommaso Trini (Sanremo, 1937).

This anthology fills a gap that has long needed to be filled and contributes to drawing up a more accurate map of the panorama of Italian art criticism, leaving aside tired polarized ways of thinking.  Through painstaking research and discussion carried out by Luca Cerizza in conversation with the author, the book brings together for the first time a selection of Trini’s art criticism: from pioneering texts dedicated to the future protagonists of Arte Povera, to the series of in-depth descriptions of other key figures in the post-war years, as well as newspaper reports and analyses – some of the earliest international ones – that define in real time the characteristics of the post-minimalist art movements that shook up the second half of the sixties. Trini is revealed here to be a keen-eyed witness and a perceptive interpreter of much of the best art in this half-century. This book gives art lovers (but also the general reader) sparkling well-paced criticism written with intelligence, where the “militant” stance never strays into sectarian or ideological positions.

  • About the author
  • Contents

Luca Cerizza (Milan, 1969) is a critic, art historian and curator. He is the author of Le mappe di Alighiero e Boetti (2009) and L’uccello e la piuma. La questione della leggerezza nell’arte italiana (2010). He has curated various personal monographs about artists and the collected writings by Giovan Battista Salerno on Alighiero Boetti (2008). He has contributed to Frieze (2006-2013) magazine and was contributing editor of Kaleidoscope (2009-2013). He also writes regular columns for the Art Agenda and Doppiozero websites. He teaches museology at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. He divides his time between Berlin and Mumbai.

Introduzione – Tommaso Trini: vita, parole, opere e qualche omissione di Luca Cerizza


Prima parte – Saggi
1. Michelangelo Pistoletto
2. Ettore Sottsass jr.
3. Gilberto Zorio
4. Alighiero Boetti
5. Enzo Mari
6. Lucio Fontana
7. Piero Manzoni
8. Mark Rothko
9. Gianni Colombo
10. Nanni Strada
11. Giulio Paolini
12. Vincenzo Agnetti
13. Piero Gilardi
14. Giorgio Griffa
15. Gianfranco Baruchello
16. Sol LeWitt
17. Ugo Mulas
18. Marisa Merz
19. Andy Warhol
20. Luciano Fabro
21. Dadamaino
22. Giuseppe Spagnulo
23. Ettore Spalletti
24. Mimmo Rotella
25. Vasco Bendini
26. Roman Opałka
27. Giovanni Anselmo


Seconda parte – Cronache e polemiche
28. Intervista con Lucio Fontana
29. Nuovo alfabeto per corpo e materia
30. L’immaginazione conquista il terrestre
31. Trilogia del creator prodigo
32. Intervista con Arturo Schwarz
33. L’opera sparita e diffusa
34. Critica e identità
35. Intervista con Ian Wilson
36. Strategie dopo le avanguardie
37. Anselmo, Penone, Zorio
38. Intervista con Fabio Mauri