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Forma e informazione
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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Forma e informazione

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

Stefano Pirovano

pages: 176 pages

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 longe

Effetto terra

pages: 192 pages

Environmental emergencies, genetics, biodiversity and artificial nature: these themes are increasingly addressed and developed by artists in works that alternate investigation, protest, planning and utopia. Different issues and approaches with a common origin: the conviction that no aesthetic appraisal can be divorced from ethical responsibility wi

Miltos Manetas

Paintings from contemporary life

Franck Gautherot, Lev Manovich

pages: 190

This work constitutes the first monograph on Miltos Manetas and focuses on his work of the period from 1997 to 2007, thus offering a point of reference for collectors and those involved in the world of art with an interest in the young artist. The array of illustrations provides an overview of his oeuvre, the large oil paintings on canvas with broa

Sul reale

Lo Scrittore e altre opere di Giancarlo Neri

Various authors

pages: 116

An e-mail dialogue between the artist and English critic Richard Cork opens the monograph, followed by Cork’s essay. The volume then focuses on The Writer installation, with short stories by Melania Mazzucco and Nicholas Blincoe inspired by Neri’s sculpture The Writer; the book eventually explores Giancarlo Neri’s work experience, from his in
Keith Haring a Milano
The volume is based on the original project by Keith Haring for the catalogue, which was never produced, of his great solo exhibition in Milan in 1984 at the Galleria Salvatore Ala. The book contains excerpts from Keith Haring Journals, in which he describes his life and work in Milan, an interview with the gallery manager Salvatore Ala, an essay by the curator which analyzes the 1984 exhibition and pinpoints its historical importance for Haring and the city of Milan. At the end of the volume a press review brings back to life the voices of journalists and critics, the atmosphere of the very moment. A large amount of colour and black-and-white pictures accompany the texts, including the photos of the works of art especially created for the exhibition, various historical shots of Haring working in the gallery, pictures from the inauguration portraying Haring and his many guests. Keith Haring is the highest expression of the social and artistic unrest of the eighties called graffiti art. Keith Haring was a real artist, a symbol of the era of comics as well as the cultural influence of the Maya and pre-Colombian populations, of Japanese pictograms and Picasso’s revolutionary artwork. His choice to use sprays, markers and paints instead of traditional instruments and traditional surfaces highlights his radical behaviour, his preference for a newer and independent style. His images are “universal” and have become a landmark in the contemporary iconographic heritage.
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Keith Haring a Milano

pages: 132

The volume is based on the original project by Keith Haring for the catalogue, which was never produced, of his great solo exhibition in Milan in 1984 at the Galleria Salvatore Ala. The book contains excerpts from Keith Haring Journals, in which he describes his life and work in Milan, an interview with the gallery manager Salvatore Ala, an essay b

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