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Michelangelo Pistoletto
Uomo di schiena, sulla roccia (Man from the back, on rocks), 2008
Silkscreen print on mirror-polished stainless steel
98 3/8 x 49 1/4 inches
(250 x 125 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto (b. 1933, Biella, Italy) is a founding father of the Arte Povera movement and widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of his generation. For over half a century, Pistoletto has sought to merge art and life through sculptural installations, experimental performances, and, most famously, his iconic mirror paintings, which serve as the foundation of his artistic practice. Comprised of photo-silkscreened images on steel, these signature works were developed in 1962 and represent the artist’s dual interest in conceptualism and figuration.  By working with a reflective surface, the viewer becomes an integral part of the piece while the subject of the work is drawn into the activity of the gallery space; each mirror painting combines the past and the present, as well as pictorial and physical space.

He has exhibited extensively since the 1950s, and his work is owned by numerous museums and institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; MAXXI, Rome; the Serpentine Gallery, London; and the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Pistoletto’s work has been presented in major international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale on eleven separate occasions and four iterations of Documenta. He has received several awards throughout his distinguished career, including the prestigious Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2003, the Wolf Foundation Prize for the Arts in 2007, and the Praemium Imperiale Award for Painting in 2013. The artist lives and works in Biella, where he founded the interdisciplinary laboratory Cittadellarte to promote the use of art to foster social change. Cittadellarte’s primary mission is centered upon The Third Paradise, conceived in 2003 as the promise of a future realm in which nature and society will coexist in harmony.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto
Scaffali – vasi cinesi (Shelves – Chinese Vases), 2016
Silkscreen on super mirror polished stainless steel
98 3/8 x 49 3/16 inches
(249.9 x 124.9 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Scaffali – Accademia de Bellas Artes, La Habana con uovo, 2015
Silkscreen on super mirror polished stainless steel
98 3/8 x 57 1/16 inches
(249.9 x 144.9 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Lavoro – Muratore, 2008-2011
Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel
59 x 59 inches
(150 x 150 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Prost N.1, 2008
Silkscreen print on mirror-polished stainless steel
96 1/8 x 48 inches
(244 x 122 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Attraverso la rete, lui e lei (Through the fence, him and her), 2008
Silkscreen print on mirror-polished stainless steel
98 3/8 x 49 1/4 inches
(250 x 125 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Uomo di schiena, sulla roccia (Man from the back, on rocks), 2008
Silkscreen print on mirror-polished stainless steel
98 3/8 x 49 1/4 inches
(250 x 125 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Maria a colori (Maria in color), 1962/1993
Silkscreen print on polished stainless steel
90 1/2 x 49 1/4 inches
(230 x 125 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Donna che indica (Woman who points), 1962/1982
Silkscreen print on polished stainless steel
98 3/8 x 98 3/8 inches
(250 x 250 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Il Fascio della Tela, 1980
Painted canvases and string
84 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches
(214 x 70 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Venere degli stracci (Venus of the Rags), 1967-1974
Marble reproductione of a Venus, rags
83 1/2 x 133 4/5 x 43 1/3 inches
(212 x 340 x 110 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Dono di Mercurio allo Specchio, 1971
Bronze, mirror and polished stainless steel
Edition of 4
Sculpture: 90 1/8 x 47 1/4 x 39 3/8 inches (228.92 x 120.02 x 100.01 cm)
Mirror: 90 1/8 x 47 1/4 inches (229 x 120 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Mappamondo (Globe), 1966-1968
Newspaper and wire
70 7/8 inches
(180.0 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Ti amo (I Love You), 1965-1966
Acrylic on canvas
23 5/8 x 27 1/2 inches
(60 x 70 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Quadro da pranzo (Lunch Painting), 1965
Wood
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches
(200 x 200 x 50 cm)

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Rosa bruciata (Burnt Rose), 1965
Corrugated board and spray paint
55 1/8 x 55 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches
(140 x 140 x 100 cm)

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