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in the louvre…

Am rubbish at self promotion regarding my own art generally, as proof of this, i just realised i never posted about this:

Believe it or not i had a film shown in the Louvre earlier this year. My short film Muggu_21 was exhibited at the Musee du Louvre, Paris, within the exhibition “Michelangelo Pistoletto, année un – le paradis sur terre” as part of the Twenty One: the Day the World Didn’t End projection.
See if you can spot me in Michelangelo’s catalogue for his retrospective there…i have to make do with the photos as i cant afford the catalogue!!

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meeting michelangelo…

So Michelangelo (Pistoletto) meets the residents he is hosting for the next 4 months and gives them a bit of a tour of some of his works. I have seen and heard this talk many times before but it is kind of incredible how he manages to keep things “fresh” and generally there is some little nugget of new information, but i guess for me the most enjoyable thing is watching other peoples reactions to him and of course also watching a true old pro at work…

Michelangelo talking about the moment when the reflections of the glossy black background of an early self portrait made him consider swapping the canvas for a mirror.

Division and Multiplication of the Mirror series by Michelangelo Pistoletto

me, channelling the spirit of Busby Berkeley

Self-portrait of Stars by Michelangelo Pistoletto

Rotazione dei Corpi (Rotation of Heavenly Bodies) by Michelangelo Pistoletto

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!!

in on the joke…

…another nice moment during the UNIDEE residency…Michelangelo Pistoletto, totally in on the joke as Kosta Tonev, a UNIDEE artist in residence interviews him about a particularly ugly pair of shoes he (Kosta) bought in Biella because they were decorated with a symbol that looked suspiciously like Michelangelo Pistoletto’s own symbol for the Third Paradise.  Pistoletto (un prompted), an old pro in the art of performance and irony, answered all questions deadly seriously but with a glint in his eye, managing to juggle the absurd with high art…it was a very nice moment…

below is an excerpt from Kosta’s film:

“I am interested in the discrepancy between the intentions of the author and the meanings that are expressed unintentionally. I want to challenge the concept of authorship often seen as uniqueness and originality.” Kosta Tonev
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spaces and art…

…one of the many beautiful spaces at the Fondazione Pistoletto where i currently live and work…

…on the left window you can see an image of a work by Pistoletto, i happened to be around while it was being made a few years back, i was asked to document the process for another project. Thought i would post that wee film here…

the making of Woollen – La mela reintegrata (Woollen – The Reinstated Apple)