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Sculptural materiality in the age of conceptualism : international experiments in Italy

Author: Marin R Sullivan
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2017.
Series: Studies in art historiography.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism' is structured around four distinct but interrelated projects initially realized in Italy between 1966 and 1972: Yayoi Kusama's Narcissus Garden, Michelangelo Pistoletto's Newspaper Sphere (Sfera di giornali), Robert Smithson's Asphalt Rundown, and Joseph Beuys's Arena. These works all utilized non-traditional materials, collaborative patronage models, and  Read more...
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Named Person: Yayoi Kusama; Michelangelo Pistoletto; Robert Smithson; Joseph Beuys
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marin R Sullivan
ISBN: 9781472465986 1472465989
OCLC Number: 952470655
Notes: "An Ashgate book"--Cover.
Description: xv, 194 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Meshworks and NetworksSculptural MaterialityAction and Circulation in Postwar Italy1. Reflective Acts: Yayoi Kusama in Venice"Sideshow" Sculpture and the XXXIII Venice BiennalePhotographic MirrorsSelf, Sculpture, and PhotographRemnants and Residuum2. With Time Action: Michelangelo Pistoletto in TurinMirror Images and Minus ObjectsCon temp l'azioneThe City as MaterialFrom the Street to the Cage3. Slow Dissolves: Robert Smithson in RomeExhibiting ProcessThe Flow of SculpturePhotography is ActionThe Age of Conceptualism4. The Sculptural Arena: Joseph Beuys in NaplesThe Mediterranean SituationTransmittersBetween Image and ObjectSculpture as MultipleConclusion: Material DispersionsRecreations and ReplicasInert Monuments and Enlivened Objects
Series Title: Studies in art historiography.
Responsibility: Marin R. Sullivan.

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Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism' is structured around four distinct but interrelated projects initially realized in Italy between 1966 and 1972: Yayoi Kusama's Narcissus Garden, Michelangelo Pistoletto's Newspaper Sphere (Sfera di giornali), Robert Smithson's Asphalt Rundown, and Joseph Beuys's Arena. These works all utilized non-traditional materials, collaborative patronage models, and alternative modes of display to create a spatially and temporally dispersed arena of matter and action, with photography serving as a connective, material thread within the sculpture it reflects. While created by major artists of the postwar period, these particular projects have yet to receive substantive art historical analysis, especially from a sculptural perspective. Here, they anchor a transnational narrative in which sculpture emerged, as a node, a center of transaction comprised of multiple material phenomena, including objects, images, and actors. When seen as entangled, polymorphous entities, these works suggest that the charge of sculpture in the late postwar period came from its concurrent existence as both three-dimensional phenomena and photographic image, in the interchanges among the materials that continue to activate and alter the constitution of sculpture within the contemporary sphere.

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