Scheda libro
Words and Images

Forma e informazione

Nuove vie per l'astratto nell'arte del terzo millennio

  • Author: Stefano Pirovano
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 176
  • Price: 23.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-60100-43-6
  • Size: cm 16.5 x 24
  • Illustrations: b/w - colour
  • Finish: Munken Lynx

In an era when questions are frequently raised about the rationale of certain visual representations and their real value, Stefano Pirovano responds by clarifying the nature of the link between the material component of the work and the elements invisible to the eye. The artwork has in fact expanded so far beyond its boundaries that it can no longer be confined solely to the physical dimension. It must have an accompanying narrative and information that introduces the public to the mystery of its image. According to the author, this is the approach taken by the most significant artists of the last few years.

In this perspective, Forma e informazione presents an overview of the present-day panorama on the premise that abstraction is to be understood as the primordial driving force of the artwork. In order to elucidate the dialectic between object and information that animates contemporary abstraction, the author addresses a series of artists and particularly emblematic works.

These include Carol Bove and Goshka Macuga, who develop relations between objects and knowledge, Cory Arcangel, Peter Coffin and Tomas Saraceno, with their forays into the technological culture, and Wade Guyton, Josh Smith and Beatriz Milhazes, whose images on canvas are generated by digital processes. The book alternates theoretical investigations, precise descriptions of works and statements by the artists involved. There are also numerous incursions into other fields, from design and architecture to physics, the neurosciences, philosophy and literature. Reference is made to scientists like Vilayanur Ramachandran and Brian Greene as well as writers like Orhan Pamuk, Sergei Nosov, Cormac McCarthy, Bret Easton Ellis and Patrick McGrath, whose works are rife with mentions of contemporary art and offer effective interpretive stimuli. One final point: in its constant interweaving of creativity, theory and context, the book is not designed to arrive at any set destination but rather to present, also to the general reader, the riches of a territory with many still unexplored places.

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Stefano Pirovano is an art historian and journalist specializing in contemporary art, architecture and design. He has written for Panorama, CasAmica, Velvet and Dove since 2006 and worked on the Ico Parisi Archives for the Musei Civici of Como. A finalist for the DARC-MAXXI national prize in 2007, he also worked on the editorial staff of the RAI Sat Art television channel in 2005. Forma e informazione is his first book.


Legami e-leganti

1. Prologo

2. Storia di un termine

3. Un passo nelle neuroscienze

4. Il fattore testo

5. Etica anni ottanta

6. Cronaca e metafisica dell’oggetto

7. L’istantanea

Astratto nella sfera dell’uomo

1. Se l’immaginario altera la percezione del reale

2. Archivi. Carol Bove e Ghoska Macuga

3. Misteri. Victor Man e la bisca di Beyoğlu

4. Allegorie. Phoebe Washburn

5. Abu Dhabi, San Francisco e le Isole Comore alla Biennale di Venezia

6. Disfunzioni. Martino Gamper

Il doppio

1. Una serata al Double Club

2. La visita al quadrato nero di Boris Petrovič

3. L’ufficio dell’artista. Wade Guyton e GuytonWalker

4. Alter ego. Patrick Bateman e i nomi di Josh Smith

5. Tacita Dean da Giorgio Morandi

Il cosmo

1. Mostre e Déjà vu

2. Rappresentazioni del mondo. Olafur Eliasson

3. Oggetti volanti. Peter Coffin

4. Tomas Saraceno sulla Millenium Run

5. Forma naturale vs digitale. Luca Trevisani e Cory Arcangel

6. Alieni nello spazio sociale. Maria Turner, Seth Price, Reena Spaulings