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Tommaso Trini

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Tommaso Trini Castelli (Sanremo, 1937) is a historian of the relations between the arts and technoscience. He was professor of modern art history at the Academies of Fine Arts in Urbino and Milan from 1979 to 2007. At Brera, he was involved in multimedia education and in 1997 conceived a post-graduate master's programme for training in Art Therapy, the first of its kind in an Italian art school, and recently upgraded to a two-year advanced course. He debuted as a critic in 1964, specializing in advanced trends (conceptual art, Arte Povera, minimal art etc.). He has collaborated with Domus magazine (from  ’66), Corriere della Sera (from ’72 with Maurizio Calvesi) and L’Espresso (with G.C. Argan). In 1972 he founded and edited Data Arte, a bimonthly international magazine published until 1978. He was editor of the art radio programme L’arte in questione (Raitre). He held positions at the Venice Biennale from ’76 to ’93 as curator of the Active performance cycle (’76), commissioner of the ‘Aperto’ exhibition (’82), curator of the Art and Technology Workshop (’86), and assistant director of the 1993 Biennale. In addition, he was international commissioner at the Biennale des Jeunes in Paris (1975 and ’77), European curator at the Sydney Biennale (1976), and jury member at the Saô Paolo Biennale (Brazil 1977). In 1975 he curated the first Italian video art exhibition, ‘Artevideo and Multivision’, at the Rotonda della Besana in Milan. He considers the following among his most important exhibitions: ‘Dear Death’ (Gavirate ’78), ‘History of Automata and Robots’ (Bologna ’80), ‘Lucio Fontana’ (Messina ’88), ‘Giò Pomodoro’ (Messina ’89), ‘Andrea Cascella’ (Todi ’92) and ‘Italiana, Arte Povera and Transavanguardia’ (Yokohama ’94). He has published numerous texts, including an ‘Interview with Lucio Fontana’ (Domus ’68), the first extensive monograph on Mimmo Rotella (Prearo ’73), the book Intervista sulla fabbrica dell'arte with G.C. Argan (Laterza ’80), the volume Giuseppe Chiari. Musica Madre (Prearo ’82), the seminal monograph on Mimmo Germanà (Prearo ’89), and the Italian translation of Meyer Schapiro’s essay on the analogies between Relativity and Cubism in Tra Einstein e Picasso (Marinotti 2003).

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Mezzo secolo di arte intera - Scritti 1964-2014
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.
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Mezzo secolo di arte intera

Scritti 1964-2014

Tommaso Trini

pages: 356 pages

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 di
 

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