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The Eyes of Others
A Counterpart Perspective

Luca Bertolo In his article ‘Come siamo silenziosi sullo stato dell’arte’ (‘How Silent We Are on the State of Art’),[1] Gian Maria Tosatti points an accusing finger at the meagre crop of critical texts dedicated to the visual arts in Italy. A few days later came the first two replies. Christian Caliandro provided a list […]

Criticism and the Negative
Some Notes on a Crisis

Stefano Chiodi What Happened to Art Criticism? This question was the title of a 2003 pamphletby James Elkins,[1] which has lost none of its topicality more than two decades since. For the American art historian, criticism has definitively lost its role as a privileged interpreter of artistic novelties and appears reduced to the validation of […]

Watchman, What Is Left of the Night?
Or, Critique of (Critical?) Criticism

Nicolas Martino In an article published in a Sunday edition of Il Sole 24 Ore last September, Gian Maria Tosatti questioned, among other things, the state of art criticism in Italy, provoking a series of reactions and retorts both in that newspaper and other dailies.[1] A debate: hallelujah! This is an important issue and — […]

The Void on the Walls
The Disappearance of Art from Middle-Class Lives

Lorenzo Madaro In his day, Renato Guttuso was known (and recognised) even by blue-collar workers. But who among the public totally detached from active connection to the art of our time knows Francesco Vezzoli, or is familiar with the imaginary of any other successful Italian artist? What has happened to the graphic works by Bruno […]

Pedagogy in Artistic Practice
Una prospettiva sulla scena italiana contemporanea

Francesca Guerisoli Today, it is evident that pedagogy has become a factor in numerous works by Italian artists, as part of their process of conceiving, creating and formalising their projects. Generally, artists are engaged in community-based practices. But rather fewer are those artists for whom, in a systematic sense, the pedagogical project is an integral […]

The Ways of Art Are Infinite

Giacinto Di Pietrantonio In alphabetical order: Giovanni Anselmo, Stefano Arienti, Gianfranco Baruchello, Jacopo Benassi, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Maurizio Cattelan, Giuseppe Chiari, Enzo Cucchi, Dadamaino, Nicola De Maria, Luciano Fabro, Flavio Favelli, Pinot Gallizio, Giorgio Griffa, Goldschmied & Chiari, Ketty La Rocca, Piero Manzoni, Mario Merz, Luigi Ontani, Vettor Pisani, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luca Rossi, Salvo. […]

Art, Research, Education
A New Synergy

Valentino Catricalà, Alessio Tozzi When we talk about the education system, we have to get to grips with a very broad theme which allows us to take several possible paths, bringing together multiple discourses, theories and models. These paths have long been explored by scholars and critics. So, in this text our concern is not […]

Twenty Years of Visual Cultures and Curatorial Studies
A Perspective on the Formation of Professional Roles in the Art System

Over the past two decades, the art system has embraced, and indeed fostered, an increasingly pronounced bipolarity: that of the artist-curator. Despite the emergence of a greater focus on a horizontal process of artistic creation (as in the last edition of Documenta) and the realisation that multiple professionals participate in the chorus-like development of complex […]