Giulio Paolini, ‘Olio su tela’, 2006, Alfonso Artiaco

About Giulio Paolini

Over the course of his career, Giulio Paolini became a prominent figure in both Arte Povera and Conceptual Art. Paolini was trained as a graphic designer, but would go on to work in sculpture, painting, and later, photography and collage. His early works reacted against his perception of the beauty of Art Informel, and focused instead on the material and formal components of painting, like the canvas and the frame. He was known at times to eschew the use of paint in favor of bare surfaces. Starting in the 1970s, his works became more conceptual, focused on the systems of creating and exhibiting art. Paolini also designed sets and costumes for theater, notably for director Carlo Quartucci, as well as Frederico Tiezzi’s versions of Richard Wagner’s operas.

Italian, b. 1940, Genoa, Italy

Solo Shows

Giulio Paolini: To Be or Not to Be
Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea, 

Group Shows

Spazio Itinerante e Palazzo De Sanctis, 
Castelbasso, Province of Teramo, Italy,
Trasalimenti, Progetto per L'Arte Contemporanea
Museo Sperimentale di Arte Contemporanea, 
L'Aquila, Italy,
Ad Usum Fabricae
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, USA,
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Scultpure
The Tate Gallery, 
London, UK,
New Art at the Tate Gallery
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