Published by Walther König, Köln/Koenig Books. Edited by Sophie O’Brien, Melissa Larner, Rosalind Furness. Text by Germano Celant, Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Michelangelo Pistoletto.
For his 2011 exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, recorded in this volume, Arte Povera veteran Michelangelo Pistoletto (born 1933) devised a chest-high labyrinth made of cardboard, to draw visitors through the galleries and steer them into encounters with various sculptures.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Michael Auping, Pascal Gielen, Jeremy Lewison.
Michelangelo Pistoletto (born 1933) is one of Arte Povera's most significant protagonists. It is with the Mirror Paintings that Pistoletto's name is mostly closely identified, an ongoing series begun in 1962 that has earned him rapid and enduring international recognition. These works are made from sheets of mirror-finished stainless steel, fitted with a full-length portrait photograph that has been meticulously traced and painted onto its surface (after 1971 the image was silkscreened on). The inclusion in the work of the viewer, his or her surroundings and his or her interaction with the photographed person in the mirror is the key to the boggling reflexivity that drives this work. This book evaluates the Mirror Paintings of the past four years. It includes an interview with the artist and a fully illustrated chronology of Mirror Paintings from 1962 to the present.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Andrea Bellini.
Facing Pistoletto gathers together, for the first time, extensive documentation on Michelangelo Pistoletto's theater and performative works of the 1960s and 1970s. A fundamental but overlooked aspect of Pistoletto's work is its emphasis on collaboration and participation, exemplified by the Zoo group. Here, the artist tells the history of Zoo with great passion in an exciting discussion with Andrea Bellini.
Published by Marsilio Editori. Text by Michelangelo Pistoletto.
A new infinity sign to symbolize the birth of the Third Paradise. What is the Third Paradise according to the author's concept? It's the fertile coupling of the first and second paradise. The first was the Earthly Paradise that came before the eating of the apple. It's the natural paradise where everything is regulated by the intelligence of nature. The second is the Artificial Paradise, the one developed by human intelligence, by means of a very slow process that has reached an increasingly vast and exclusive dimension in the last two centuries. This paradise is made up of artificial needs, artificial comforts, artificial pleasures and every other sort of artifice. Confronted by the universal problem of humanity's survival, the artist conceived the global project entitled Third Paradise. The biblical reference does not have any religious purpose, but is used to give force and meaning to the concept of responsible social change and to fuel a high ideal that unites, in a single endeavor, the arts, the sciences, economics, spirituality and politics.