Michelangelo Pistoletto

Italian, b. 1933

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Michelangelo Pistoletto

Italian, b. 1933

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A leading figure in the development of Arte Povera and Conceptual art, Michelangelo Pistoletto is best known for his “mirror paintings” beginning in the 1960s, which first used grounds of metallic paint on canvas before rejecting canvas entirely for polished steel. Pistoletto’s life-size, photo-silkscreened images of people atop highly reflective surfaces integrate the environment and viewer into the work. In his “minus objects,” sculptures that explore how objects become artworks through the ideas they express, Pistoletto uses “poor” materials as a liberation from the traditional art system, as in his 1967 work Venus of the Rags, a copy of the classical figure set against a mound of old clothes and rags. An early performance art innovator, Pistoletto founded The Zoo in the late 1960s, which joined artists, intellectuals, and the public for collaborative “actions” that unified art and daily life.

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High auction record
£4m, Christie's, 2017
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Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

A leading figure in the development of Arte Povera and Conceptual art, Michelangelo Pistoletto is best known for his “mirror paintings” beginning in the 1960s, which first used grounds of metallic paint on canvas before rejecting canvas entirely for polished steel. Pistoletto’s life-size, photo-silkscreened images of people atop highly reflective surfaces integrate the environment and viewer into the work. In his “minus objects,” sculptures that explore how objects become artworks through the ideas they express, Pistoletto uses “poor” materials as a liberation from the traditional art system, as in his 1967 work Venus of the Rags, a copy of the classical figure set against a mound of old clothes and rags. An early performance art innovator, Pistoletto founded The Zoo in the late 1960s, which joined artists, intellectuals, and the public for collaborative “actions” that unified art and daily life.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£4m, Christie's, 2017
User
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Michelangelo Pistoletto
Articles Featuring Michelangelo Pistoletto
What Sold at Frieze London
Oct 7th, 2019
The Free-Spirited Amalfi Coast Weekend That Launched Arte Povera
Feb 26th, 2019
The 1960s
Aug 4th, 2015
Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Reflections Bring the Viewer into the Work
Jun 30th, 2015
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