In the mid-1960s, Giulio Paolini (b. 1940, Genoa, Italy) became associated with the Arte Povera movement...
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In the mid-1960s, Giulio Paolini (b. 1940, Genoa, Italy) became associated with the Arte Povera movement. Comprising an almost unchanging variation of materials (photographs, plaster casts, drawing paper, Plexiglas, objects), Paolini's work forms a dialogue with time and history. Each work possesses a complex structure that includes references to art history or literature, forming a coherent and polysemous whole constructed out of a set of fragments. Trained as a graphic designer Paolini has always had a special interest in the printed page. His artistic research has long been coupled with written statements and reflections collected in artist's books.

Today, follow along as we explore the ideologies and philosophies that drive Paolini's practice. ↓


To Whitechapel Gallery's 2014 "Curator's Introduction," in which Curator Daniel F. Herrmann breaks down the historical context of Paolini's work, by exploring the various themes and ideologies that comprise his practice. This video was produced on the occasion of Paolini's July 2014 exhibition, To Be Or Not To Be.


Barry Schwabsky's 2010 interview with Paolini, in his studio in central Turin, Italy. Schwabsky explores the conceptual nature of Paolini's work, going so far as to suggest Paolini as more a conceptualist than a Poverista. "Paolini’s endeavour has always been to analyse the conventions of art more than to overcome them. Rather than seeking to innovate, he has looked for the eternal in art – to find that which might always already have been there, and which the individual artist need only unveil."


A short film on Paolini
and the poetics of his practice, surrounding his 2020 Online Viewing Room Belvedere - presented by Marian Goodman Gallery - which featured a selection of both historic and new writings, sculpture, and works on paper.

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