Saturday, 20 March 2010

Arte Povera

'Arte Povera denotes not an impoverished art, but an art made without restraints, a situation in which a complete openness towards materials and processes is established. It is a truly revolutionary art that rejected the market's pressure to conform by rejecting the very language of art. Instead of continuing to use a highly developed, or "rich," system of representation that artists had been refining since at least the early Renaissance, Arte Povera foregrounded the experience of the thing itself, infinitely variable and free of formal or material conventions. Arte Povera remained a vigorous movement, responsible for some of the most innovative and sophisticated Italian art of the period.'

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