Published by DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art.
Putiferio documents the opening night performance and exhibition by Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi (born 1973) at DESTE's Project Space on the island of Hydra. In Latin, “putiferio” literally means “to bring the stink,” signifying chaos or a taste of hell. The fantastical installation depicts an onslaught of ceramic crabs, many of which were fired on-site during the dramatic opening that took place on the rare, simultaneous occasion of the summer solstice and a full moon (an event known as a “Strawberry Moon”).
Inside this volume is an extensive selection of photographs taken before, during and after Cuoghi’s visceral performance at the island’s former slaughterhouse, alongside an incantation written by the artist.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Andrea Bellini. Text by Andrea Cortellessa, Anthony Huberman, Charlotte Laubard, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis.
Whether working in sculpture or video, or with brush or pencil, Milan-based artist Roberto Cuoghi (born 1973) explores questions of myth, identity and the creation of meaning. This is the first catalog to provide an overview of his work.
Published by Aspen Art Press/Le Consortium, Centre d'art/Les Presses du Reél. Text by Roberto Cuoghi, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis.
Italian multimedia artist Roberto Cuoghi (born 1973) works in painting, sculpture, digital animation, drawing and sound. Perhaps best known for his decision to alter his appearance at age 24 to become a man in his sixties, Cuoghi has since created many works exploring issues of transformation and identity. Examining integral themes within the artist's practice, including the history of metamorphosis, the challenges of representation and the fluidity and hybridity inherent in identity, this publication features texts in multiple languages by both the artist and curator Yorgos Tzirtzilakis. The exhibition and book title allude to Cuoghi's exploration of Assyrian language and rituals--clearly visible in his striking pieces--revealing the artist's interest in how narrative and the act of translation can affect our understanding of history and reality.
Published by DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art. Edited by Karen Marta, Massimiliano Gioni. Text by Ali Subotnick.
Like a mad scientist performing strange experiments in his basement, Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi tests the limits of self-representation and pushes the limits of art making. 2000 Words: Roberto Cuoghi is part of a new series conceived and commissioned by Massimiliano Gioni, and published by the Deste Foundation. Displaying a wide array of Cuoghi's work in the Dakis Joannou Collection, this volume includes an essay by Ali Subotnick that investigates the ideas of constant transformation and change that are at the core of the artist's work.