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Italian Art Now: An American Perspective: 1982 Exxon International Exhibition

Italian Art Now: An American Perspective: 1982 Exxon International Exhibition

Contributions by Lisa Dennison and Diane Waldman
Published in 1982
144 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover, 7.50 x 8.50 inches

This exhibition showcases the work of seven young Italian painters and sculptors, and although their output is diverse it nevertheless shares common inspirations and concerns. The curator, Diane Waldman, introduces the catalogue and 1982 installment of the Exxon International award and exhibition series with her essay. The artists in the exhibition are each represented by their artist statement, short biographical information, an essay contextualizing their work by Waldman and Lisa Dennison, a list of selected past exhibitions, and a selection of images depicting their work in color and black and white.


While the legacy of the distant past enriches contemporary Italian art, it is by no means the only source of inspiration. Italians are fond of remarking to Americans "our nation is younger than yours," to emphasize the importance and relevance of their recent history. Indeed the history of early twentieth-century art, especially that of Metaphysical painting, and of more recent movements such as Arte Povera of the sixties of the young Italians stands in a complex and often paradoxical relationship to the history of the remote past that has not become a mere document but is as real as the most recent event.

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