Exhibition

Poor Art | Arte Povera: Italian Influences, British Responses

20 Sep 2017 – 17 Dec 2017

Regular hours

Wednesday
11:00 – 18:00
Thursday
11:00 – 18:00
Friday
11:00 – 18:00
Saturday
11:00 – 18:00
Sunday
12:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

£6.50, Concessions £4.50
National Art Pass £3.25
Free to school children and full time students with valid NUS ID card.
Admission to café and shop free.

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

London, United Kingdom

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Fifty years after the first Arte Povera show, this exhibition looks at how it has informed the work of several British artists who graduated from art schools in the 1970s and 1980s.

About

Arte Povera emerged in Italy in the tumultuous late 1960s, a time of profound social and economic change, and radical artistic experimentation. The term literally means ‘poor art’, and was applied by critic and curator Germano Celant to a loose association of Italian artists, mostly working in Turin and Rome. At once literal, conceptual, metaphorical, matter-of-fact and sensual, Arte Povera swept away traditional restraints to challenge established views of what art could be, and the nature of its relationship with commerce. With its startling openness to a wide range of processes and materials Arte Povera became, in international terms, the most influential development in Italian art in the late twentieth century. 

Fifty years after the first Arte Povera show, this exhibition looks at how it has informed the work of several British artists who graduated from art schools in the 1970s and 1980s. It traces their different affinities with a way of working that went beyond modernism in terms of its interest in the personal and subjective, its rejection of a coherent style and its promotion of artistic freedom. 

Works by Eric Bainbridge, Tony Cragg, Ceal Floyer, Anya Gallaccio, Mona Hatoum, Jefford Horrigan, Stephen Nelson, Lucy Skaer, Gary Stevens, Jo Stockham, Gavin Turk and Richard Long – who participated in the first international Arte Povera event in Amalfi in 1968 – are shown alongside pieces by key Italian artists including Alighiero Boetti, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone and Gilberto Zorio.

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Stephen nelson

Stephen nelson

Martin Holman

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Gary Stevens

Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk

Richard Long

Lucy Skaer

Stephen nelson

Stephen nelson

Giulio Paolini

Mario Merz

Jefford Horrigan

Eric Bainbridge

Mona Hatoum

Giuseppe Penone

Jo Stockham

Ceal Floyer

Gilberto Zorio

Anya Gallaccio

Alighiero Boetti

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

London, United Kingdom

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