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Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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.

High auction record
£3.7m, Christie's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2020
MESSANUDOGALLERIA CONTINUA
2018
Michelangelo Pistoletto: ScaffaliSimon Lee Gallery
MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO 'Oltre lo Specchio'GALLERIA CONTINUA
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Lavoro – Cofano, 2008-2011

Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel
59 × 59 in
149.9 × 149.9 cm
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Location
Chelsea, New York, Brooklyn, Tribeca, New York
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Medium
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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.

High auction record
£3.7m, Christie's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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