Michelangelo Pistoletto Cento mostre nel mese di ottobre (One Hundred Exhibitions in October), 1976
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (9 x 9 cm)
Galleria Giorgio Persano, Turin. *signed on inside cover 100 pages with original wrappers of absorbent yellow blotting paper. Each copy contains an original drawing by Pistoletto on the front cover. For this example, the artist has chosen a series of dots and signed on the inside of the cover. A small cube, this is an artist’s book entirely without illustration, containing instead 100 brief descriptions of exhibitions, all imagined, one per page, in Italian on recto and English on verso. One Hundred Exhibitions was a sort of recipe book of shows and works, many of which were later carried out. Reference: MAFFEI Giorgio, Libri e documenti. Arte Povera 1966-1980, Edizioni Corraini, 2007, pp. 168-169.
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Michelangelo Pistoletto | Cento mostre nel mese di ottobre (One Hundred Exhibitions in October) | 1976 | Zucker Art Books
36-page catalogue of the Galleria Toselli exhibition in Milan that was split among the three Arte Povera artists who were free to decide what the scope of their participation would be. These catalogues became to be regarded as artist’s books.
Michelangelo Pistoletto Le ultime parole famose (The Last Famous Words), 1967
7 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (18 x 13 cm)
Turin: Tipolito Piana
Pistoletto’s first book (16 pages) is a summary, partly due to this humble, yet elegant edition (words only, with no other visual aid), of the ideals and tensions, which Arte Povera artists had been trying to express since their beginnings. The little book contains the artist’s writing in Italian and English, broken down into two sections, Speculation and Being. Choosing two languages, unusual at the time, seems to be the expression of a need to expand thoughts beyond the physical confines of the artist’s own existence.
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Michelangelo Pistoletto | Le ultime parole famose (The Last Famous Words) | 1967 | Zucker Art Books
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