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Michele Dantini

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Art historian, academic and essayist. He teaches Contemporary Art History at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, where he is also a member of the doctoral college for Literature, Library Sciences, Linguistics and International Communications, and is Visiting Professor at the IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca. He specializes in art of the 20th and 21st century, with a particular focus on the problem of continuity and discontinuity between the first and second 20th century; the definition of Italian modernism in relation to its specific historical-stylistic and iconographic characteristics and the different lines of international research; and the relationships between art history, political history and cultural history. His publications include: Arte e politica in Italia tra fascismo e Repubblica (2018), Paul Klee (2018), Arte e sfera pubblica (2016) and Sulla delicatezza (2021). He has contributed to il manifesto, Corriere della Sera, Doppiozero and other publications. A former member of the editorial staff of ROARS, he is now on the editorial committee of Predella Journal of Visual Arts and piano B. He writes on Rai Radio3 for Wikiradio.

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New releases Il drago invisibile - Quattro saggi sulla bellezza
Correva l’anno 1993 quando Dave Hickey, l’enfant terrible della critica d’arte, galvanizzato dalla polemica intorno all’esposizione del Portfolio X di Robert Mapplethorpe, decise di scagliare un feroce attacco contro l’establishment accademico trascinando sotto i riflettori un tema passato di moda: la bellezza. Demonizzata e accusata di connivenze con le logiche di mercato, da tempo quest’ultima si aggirava come uno spettro per le rovine del dibattito estetico, seminando imbarazzo in seno alle nuove istituzioni “terapeutiche” – i musei, le gallerie e l’intero art system. Come sacerdoti di un culto misterico, seguendo i dogmi di Greenberg e Barr, i professores avevano mistificato la pratica artistica con elevate disquisizioni teoretiche, sostenuti da una corrosiva diffidenza nei confronti di tutto ciò che fosse avvenenza e seduzione, “bellezza” appunto.In questi quattro saggi – più simili a un manifesto che a una discussione garbata – il critico texano punta dritto al bersaglio e ricorda quanto nei secoli autori come Raffaello, Caravaggio e Warhol abbiano sfruttato la pura forma per stabilire un rapporto immediato fra l’osservatore e il contenuto delle loro immagini, in un processo democratico e liberatorio.A trent’anni dalla prima pubblicazione negli Stati Uniti il drago evocato da Hickey dispiega ancora una volta le sue ali e riversa, senza risparmiare nessuno, la sua prosa infuocata, provocatoria e senza filtri. Del tutto indifferente alle antipatie che può suscitare.
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Il drago invisibile

Quattro saggi sulla bellezza

Dave Hickey

pages: 96 pagine

Correva l’anno 1993 quando Dave Hickey, l’enfant terrible della critica d’arte, galvanizzato dalla polemica intorno all’esposizione del Portfolio X di Robert Mapplethorpe, decise di scagliare un feroce attacco contro l’establishment accademico trascinando sotto i riflettori un tema passato di moda: la bellezza. Demonizzata e accusata di

Macchina a stella

L’eredità di Duchamp

Michele Dantini

pages: 96 pages

Starting with the emblems bequeathed by Duchamp to the second half of the 20th century, the machine and the star, this volume presents three mini-essays on the theme of inspiration and its intermittencies. Beginning with the works of Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and Alighiero Boetti, Michele Dantini sheds new light on the metaphor of the artist as
Macchina e stella - Tre studi su arte, storia dell'arte e clandestinità: Duchamp, Johns, Boetti
The machine and the star, emblems bequeathed by Duchamp to the second half of the 20th century, provide the basis for three short essays on the theme of inspiration and its intermittency, a crucial point for the modernist tradition that is often overlooked by scholars. Michele Dantini seeks to shed new light on the metaphor of the artist as machine and how the first ready-mades (c. 1913) undermined the creative process as an ordered professional routine that had traditionally characterized the transposition of idea into image. Though liberating in some respects, this revolution also had alarming implications experienced in all their urgency by the Art Informel generation. How to find protection against the discontinuity of inspiration? How to endow interior time with duration if everything boils down to the unrepeatable exceptionality of the instant? Ranging from the American movements of the 1950s to Conceptual Art and Arte Povera, Michele Dantini focuses on three fundamental stages, namely Duchamp’s “monster works”, the flags and the rotating devices of Jasper Johns, and the drawings and embroideries of Arrigo Boetti. The reinvention of the artist’s profession is analyzed step by step: the curious adoption of the ready-made in order to restore plausibility and vigour to traditional techniques; the indefinite dilation of the time of execution: the art of repetition and the creation of satisfying routines (series, catalogues and encyclopaedias) through “automatic” procedures that are impersonal and can even be delegated. It is the task of the “wretched viewers” and their perspicacity to identify continuity in transition within the works, to reconstruct the underlying metaphors and “to interpret a routine suddenly swept clean of recognizable points of reference and techniques”.
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Macchina e stella

Tre studi su arte, storia dell'arte e clandestinità: Duchamp, Johns, Boetti

Michele Dantini

pages: 96 pages

The machine and the star, emblems bequeathed by Duchamp to the second half of the 20th century, provide the basis for three short essays on the theme of inspiration and its intermittency, a crucial point for the modernist tradition that is often overlooked by scholars. Michele Dantini seeks to shed new light on the metaphor of the artist as machine
 

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