artists in black…

Had dinner with Michelangelo Pistoletto and Germano Celant…no, not just me but all the UNIDEE residents (14) and Pistoletto’s rather marvellous wife Maria. Celant for those who don’t know is one of the most eminent Italian curators working today, He has been senior curator for the Guggenheim in New York, and also curates the Fondazione Prada art collection.

igloo (1969) by Mario Merz, part of Arte Povera collection at Cittadellarte

If that was not enough, he also named, wrote about and curated much of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960’s, which for me remains the last movement of contemporary art from Italy of any real impact.

men in black, M Pistoletto and G Celant

Anyway, there they were, the old school, all dressed in black, they have both met everyone, been everywhere and and done everything. Celant entertains us with stories of early encounters with Gordon Matta Clark (he happened to have access to an abandoned building in Genoa, and Matta Clark was looking for a building…) amongst others. He is generous with his time and remained with us late into the night eating all together in Cittadellarte’s courtyard. These are always my favourite moments of the residence, in these moments i feel lucky to be here eating, drinking, talking into the night…and if you dine with Pistoletto, there is always excellent red wine and plenty of it!!

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