Artcyclopedia

Artists by Movement:
Arte Povera

Italy, 1960s to 1970s


Italian for "Impoverished Art" or "Poor Art", the term Arte Povera was introduced by Germano Celant as a label for a small group of artists who were experimenting with nontraditional and politically charged art.

These artists created and explored modes of expression such as ephemeral art, performance art, installation art and assemblage. These techniques have since become extremely common tools in contemporary art; in fact this is one of the reasons that such a small and short-lived movement continues to have such relevance today.

One of the clearest influences on the group is Marcel Duchamp, who could be considered the founder of Conceptual Art. His "Readymade" sculptures, especially his infamous "Fountain" Urinal, have the same kind of subversive power that Arte Povera works aim for.

        

 
 
Chronological Listing of Barbizon School Members
 
Use ctrl-F (PC) or command-F (Mac) to search for a name

Lucio Fontana 1899-1968 Argentine/Italian Sculptor/PainterSpatial Concept
Art Prints
Mario Merz 1925-2003 Italian 
Marisa Merz Born 1931 Italian Sculptor 
Piero Manzoni 1933-1963 Italian Conceptual Artist 
Michelangelo Pistoletto Born 1933 Italian Painter/Sculptor 
Giovanni Anselmo Born 1934 Italian Sculptor 
Pino Pascali 1935-1968 Italian Painter 
Luciano Fabro 1936-2007 Italian Sculptor 
Jannis Kounellis Born 1936 Greek 
Alighiero e Boetti 1940-1994 ItalianMappa 1983
Art Prints
Giulio Paolini Born 1940 Italian Painter/Sculptor 
Piero Gilardi Born 1942 Italian Sculptor 
Pier Paolo Calzolari Born 1943 Italian Installation Artist 
Gilberto Zorio Born 1944 Italian Sculptor 
Giuseppe Penone Born 1947 Italian Sculptor/Conceptual Artist 

 
 
 




 
ARTCYCLOPEDIA

Browse Artists by:
Movement
Medium
Subject Matter
Nationality
Women Artists
 
Artcyclopedia:
Top 30 Artists
Articles
Art News
Art Museums Worldwide
Masterpieces
Links
About Us
Advertise