Giovanni Anselmo

Italian, b. 1934

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Giovanni Anselmo

Italian, b. 1934

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Sculptor Giovanni Anselmo was one of the founders of the radical Arte Povera movement in Italy in the 1960s. Inspired by the observation of latent forces in the natural world such as gravity, magnetism, weight, and decomposition, he creates sculptures from found objects, various types of stone, plants, and other organic substances. In Torsion (1968), a leather cloth is sunken in a large cement block and twisted around a wooden bar that it holds in place. The sculpture seamlessly blends the torque of the twisted cloth as the centerpiece, the gravity that the wooden bar resists, and the sheer weight of the stone, creating a vortex of intersecting and conflicting forces. Anselmo has also created projection installations that use language to investigate the relationship between abstract categories of thought, such as the finite and the infinite in Particolare (1972).

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Biography

Sculptor Giovanni Anselmo was one of the founders of the radical Arte Povera movement in Italy in the 1960s. Inspired by the observation of latent forces in the natural world such as gravity, magnetism, weight, and decomposition, he creates sculptures from found objects, various types of stone, plants, and other organic substances. In Torsion (1968), a leather cloth is sunken in a large cement block and twisted around a wooden bar that it holds in place. The sculpture seamlessly blends the torque of the twisted cloth as the centerpiece, the gravity that the wooden bar resists, and the sheer weight of the stone, creating a vortex of intersecting and conflicting forces. Anselmo has also created projection installations that use language to investigate the relationship between abstract categories of thought, such as the finite and the infinite in Particolare (1972).

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Castello di Rivoli
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
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