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Alighiero E. Boetti
Author: Luca Cerizza

ISBN: 9781846380273
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 109
Published: 16 May 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.2 x 1.9
Description:


In 1968, the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti renamed himself Alighiero e ("and") Boetti, effectively expressing the duality of his personality and his work--and, by extension, the dichotomies of society and culture and art and life. Boetti was a central figure in the arte povera movement, a group of Italian artists in the late 1960s who expressly distanced themselves from commercialization and the slickness of Pop Art. These artists worked with a wide range of nonconventional materials--from wool and vegetables to silk and dirt. This illustrated study examines Boetti's 1988 work Map (or Mappa), one of the artist's series of woven tapestry maps of the world. In the cartography of this Map, each country is depicted by its flag; its pre-postcommunist picture of the world shows the Soviet Union as a vast expanse of red in the upper eastern corner, projecting the last image of a long-failed socialist utopia. Opposed to "the myth of originality," Boetti saw his role as that of tr...

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