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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1926, in Milan; died 1981.

Collage artist, mixed media. Artists' books.

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Vicenzo Agnetti's work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions of international contemporary art, including Documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany (1972) and Biennale in Venice (...

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Italian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 17 July 1947, in Milan.

Painter, sculptor, theorist.

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Adriano Altamira put forward his first critical observations on the phenomena of vision in 1967. Next he began to use minimalist structures, plaits and interlacings, like some of the methods used in France by the ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 4 August 1948, in Paris.

Installation artist.

Conceptual Art, Arte Povera.

Bernard Amiard's work can be compared to that of Arte Povera. He combines substances, texture and image. He mostly uses neon as a graphic medium. He leans towards a redefinition of objects as brute materials and their reciprocating relationships....

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Renato Barilli

Italian sculptor. After working as a painter from 1959 to 1964, he turned to conceptual art in 1965 and by 1968 was associated with the emergence of Arte Povera, of which he became one of the strictest and most coherent exponents. His limited output consisted largely of the staging of major physical processes whose long-term effects the audience was invited to imagine, in such a way that the non-material dimension of thought was brought to bear on bulky and spectacular physical phenomena. In ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Active in Turin.

Born 1934, in Borgofranco d'Ivrea.

Installation artist.

Conceptual Art, Arte Povera.

Giovanni Anselmo is one of the exponents of Arte Povera (It. 'poor art'), the singular movement that was expressed in many physical forms. It was founded in Italy and remained Italian in character, despite obviously influencing conceptual artists in other countries. Arte Povera falls within the vast movement of conceptual art that swept over the art scene in the 1960s, historically a time of social, political and ethical protest. Arte Povera challenged art itself above all else. A Zen influence, conscious or subconscious depending on the work, is also discernible in the invitation to contemplate a pile of pebbles presented as a work or a non-work of art, or any other object that the eyes and the mind regularly take for granted.The term Arte Povera was coined by Germano Celant (the movement's main instigator and historian) in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Milan.

Sculptor, painter.

Arte Povera.

Aricò exhibited in Rome, Milan, Verona, and at the Venice Biennale in 1964 and 1968, as well as in Chicago and at the São Paulo Biennale in 1963. His use of litter and used objects in hazardous compositions has categorised him as an Arte Povera artist....

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Italian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Fiesole.

Painter.

Luciano Bartolini, like other Italians of his generation, was influenced by the conceptual movements of the 1970s and by Arte Povera.

He paints on paper, but it is paper handmade in Tibet which he crumples, folds, cuts, glues, overlays and paints. The painted marks include geometrical or symbolic shapes, a rectangle, a tantric circle, or scripts which have been invented and therefore cannot be read. He also uses richly esoteric colours, the black and red of the sacred, the gold of Byzantine icons. The delicate structures of his work mask an inherent mysticism. He has exhibited in Italy and in London....

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1940, in Turin; died 24 April 1994, in Rome.

Mixed media, textile artist.

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Alighiero e Boetti lived and worked in Rome. He is considered to be one of the founders, in 1967, of the Arte Povera (Impoverished Art) movement, to each of whose group exhibitions he routinely contributed. In ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1943, in Bologna.

Sculptor, painter.

Arte Povera.

Pier Paolo Calzolari spent his teenage years in Venice. He lived in Paris from 1970 to 1972 and travelled from 1981 to 1986 in Crete, to Urbino, Vienna, Venice and Marrakech. Urbino is his home and workplace. His early violent oil paintings swung between representational and abstract styles, incorporating 'objects, cast shadows, small ledges'; then from ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Installation artist.

Arte Povera.

Coppes was a pupil at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, where he studied with Luciano Fabro, one of the founding fathers of Arte Povera.

He features imaginary spaces in his works. An example is his ...