Piero Manzoni, ‘Merda d'Artista (Artist's Shit)’, 2013, Heritage Auctions
Piero Manzoni, ‘Merda d'Artista (Artist's Shit)’, 2013, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Unframed, no visible condition issues.

Signature: Printed signature and edition number to the top; Stamped 'Piero Manzoni 1963/2013 Merda d'artista dell'anniversario Maggio - Prodotta e inscatolata da: Fonzazione Piero manzoni Milano' on the underside

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Piero Manzoni

Conceptual artist Piero Manzoni, an enfant terrible of Italian art in the 1950s and early 1960s, is best known for Artist's Shit (Merda d'artista) (1961), 90 sealed cans priced by their weight in gold, one of many works that question the nature of the art object. Other stunts included balloons filled with "artist's breath" and “Living Sculptures,” human subjects signed by Manzoni. His “Achromes” paintings (from 1957 onward), canvases covered in materials like gesso, kaolin, fabric, and bread that undergo sagging, creasing, and other temporal changes, suggest the influence of Yves Klein and Robert Rauschenberg.

Italian, 1933-1963, Soncino, Cremona

Solo Shows

Kamakura Gallery, 
Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan,
Piero Manzoni

Group Shows

Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Ex Aurum, 
Pescara, Italy,
Cromofobie - Percorsi del Bianco e del Nero nell'Arte Italiana Contemporanea
Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, 
Castelbasso, Province of Teramo, Italy,
Nel Segno della Materia - Pittura Informale Europea e Americana
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