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Description - When Trash Becomes Art: Trash Rubbish Mongo by Lea Vergine

The result of painstaking research by Lea Vergine, this volume explores the meaning of the "trash" phenomenon in contemporary art from the early 20th century (Boccioni, Carra, Depero, Picabia, Schwitters), through the Sixties and Seventies (Burri, Kounellis, Fontana, Vautier, Rotella, Cesar, Arman, Manzoni, Pistoletto, Beuys, Spoerri), and up to the present (Cragg, Parmiggiani, Boltanski, Sherman, Bourgeois, Serrano, Cattelan). It examines the challenge launched by these artists, who use waste as a material for creating art. In an era marked by great concern about the environment, the artistic use of the discarded object expresses the alienation and distress that appear to be eroding the wantonly consumeristic social model represented by the West. Recovering and preserving refuse is a means of trying to hold on to it, of making it survive by saving it from a void, from being nothing, from the dissolution to which it is destined; it is about the desire to leave a mark, a trace, a clue for those who remain, hence touching a dimension that is psychological as well as political.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9788876247286
ISBN-10: 8876247289
Format: Paperback / softback
(210mm x 150mm x 16mm)
Pages: 180
Imprint: Skira
Publisher: Skira
Publish Date: 7-May-2007
Country of Publication: Italy

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Author Biography - Lea Vergine

Lea Vergine is an art critic and author who has written extensively on contemporary art movements. Her books include Art on the Cutting Edge, Body Art and Performance, and Schegge.

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