River of Forms : Giuseppe Penone's Drawings
"just as our thoughts guide us and engage with the environment around us and show the conditions necessary to live and move through space and they cause other thoughts to spring up and pile over previous ones they crowd alongside jostling clashing and create the conflict necessary to endlessly analyse the world and once analysis is over we let them go and they sink down into memory settling like grains of sand layer by layer mingling together and so we find thoughts that are logical addled chaotic ascetic dull transcendent ugly obvious hidden aggressive illogical wonderful kind deep sad political cheerful spiritual progressive negative collective philosophic creative complicated fleeting generous jovial simple unexpected impure innovative nonsensical intense magical novel nostalgic arresting filthy timeworn useful magnificent unique well-pondered fearsome abrupt immediate oppressive distant rational strange sensible recurrent scientific altruistic peaceful complex..."
A groundbreaking look at the drawings of Giuseppe Penone and how the medium of drawing articulates the artist's wide-ranging practice
The youngest member of the Arte Povera movement, Giuseppe Penone (b. 1947) is well known for his sculptural works, yet he has maintained a deep engagement with drawing throughout his career.
This comprehensive account of his works on paper emphasizes the foundational role that drawing plays in his multifaceted practice and provides in-depth analysis (aided by extensive conversations with the artist) of his techniques and materials, including such unorthodox media as coffee and adhesive tape.
Identifying the centrality of drawing within Penone's own exceptionally inventive body of work, and also placing it in dialogue with the work of contemporaries such as Sol LeWitt, David Hammons, and Cy Twombly, this lavishly illustrated volume provides a multidisciplinary examination of a surprisingly overlooked aspect of one of the most influential figures in international artistic circles since the late 1960s.
Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Yale University Press, 2022
Hardcover, 210 pages
229mm x 318mm
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