Exhibition

Poor Art | Arte Povera: Italian Influences, British Responses

20 Sep 2017 – 17 Dec 2017

Event times

Wednesday to Saturday
11.00 - 18.00
Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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.

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

London, United Kingdom

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  • Highbury & Islington

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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.

Curators

Martin Holman

Stephen nelson

Stephen nelson

Exhibiting artists

Gary Stevens

Mona Hatoum

Alighiero Boetti

Lucy Skaer

Jo Stockham

Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk

Jefford Horrigan

Gilberto Zorio

Richard Long

Ceal Floyer

Anya Gallaccio

Stephen nelson

Stephen nelson

Mario Merz

Giuseppe Penone

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg

Eric Bainbridge

Giulio Paolini

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

London, United Kingdom

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