Father and Son
In June 1973 Pistoletto asked his father to show with him in an exhibition at Galleria Sperone in Turin. For that occasion his father produced works that in one way or another related to the works of his son. The latter had linked up with the work of his father, that same year, with the Self-Portrait Through My Father, a photographic reproduction of a pencil portrait made by his father when Michelangelo was three months old. In the Sperone exhibition Pistoletto showed several mirror paintings. His father showed oil paintings-still lives representing metallic objects that reflect the space around them, including himself in the act of painting. The two artists appear together in a catalogue photo that shows them in the father’s studio reflected in a large, framed mirror. In 1976 Pistoletto presented as an installation in his studio in San Sicario The Furniture from My Father’s Studio in My Studio. In 1977 Pistoletto again took up the Self-Portrait through My Father in An Hour Dedicated to the 31 Days of the Month of March 1977—a work, produced by Edizioni Lucio Amelio, made up of 31 sheets of drawing paper reproducing that self-portrait and each carrying one of the 31 phrases that make up a text written by Pistoletto in an hour, such as “a time island.”
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Self-Portrait Through My Father, 1933-1973
Father and Son, 1973
The Furniture from My Father’s Studio in My Studio, 1976