Fourth Generation – Hard Poetics
In June 1985, at Galleria Persano in Turin, Pistoletto showed a group of works—made up of surfaces and volumes in an anonymous material and dark, somber colors—to which the artist referred, in the catalogue essay, as the ‘art of squalor’. This is a cycle of works, made between 1985 and 1989, that utilizes large blocks of the same polyurethane used in the sculptures, covered with canvas and painted. In the exhibition Image, held in Rome at Galleria Pieroni in 1989, Pistoletto presented photographic reproductions on large wood panels of some of the pieces shown in different places in the preceding years, calling attention, via the two-dimensionality of photography, to the mingling of painting and sculpture that characterizes this group of works.
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Art of Squalor, 1985
Sculpted and Painted Surfaces, 1985
Black Polychromy, 1985
Painting on Volume, 1985
Grey Surface, 1985
Polychrome Volume, 1985
Black Mark, 1985
Red Blackish, 1985
Anonymous Greyness,
Spring 1985
Black Marks, March 1985
Low Volume, February 1985
Twisted Volume, 1985-86
The Time of the Mirror, 1986
Distance, 1988
P.S. 1 Museum, New York, 1988
P.S. 1 Museum, New York, 1988
P.S. 1 Museum, New York, 1988
Image-Hard Poetry
(Fourth Generation), 1989
Image-Hard Poetry
(Fourth Generation), 1989
Image-Hard Poetry
(Fourth Generation), 1989
 MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO
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