La Giuria

Presented by Luhring Augustine, New York, Christian Stein Gallery, Milan, and Simon Lee Gallery, London

About Michelangelo Pistoletto

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.

Italian, b. 1933, Biella, Italy, based in Turin, Italy

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
IMAGINE: New Imagery in Italian Art 1960-1969, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
2016
2015
Michelangelo Pistoletto: Partitura in nero, Simon Lee Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2011
Lavoro, Simon Lee Gallery, London

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
2015
Michelangelo Pistoletto: Partitura in nero, Simon Lee Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2011
Lavoro, Simon Lee Gallery, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Reflections, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
2016
IMAGINE: New Imagery in Italian Art 1960-1969, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
2016
2015
New Skin, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut
2015
The 14th Istanbul Biennial: SALTWATER, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
2015
In Part, Fondazione Prada, Milan
2014
Elective Affinities, Simon Lee Gallery, London
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