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Petit manuel d’expression avec la mousse polyuréthane
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Piero Gilardi Petit manuel d’expression avec la mousse polyuréthane
Edited by Andrea Bellini.
Texts by Andrea Bellini and Piero Gilardi.

Published with the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva.
published in September 2013
French edition
21 x 29,7 cm (softcover)
24 pages (14 color & 16 b/w ill.)
€10.00
ISBN: 978-2-84066-634-9
EAN: 9782840666349
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Artist's book: a pamphlet designed as a DIY guide on making works with foam rubber.
In this artist's book, Piero Gilardi reveals his working methods and explains how to create sculptures like those he has produced since the early 1960s. A pioneer of Arte Povera and a proud advocate of an ecologically concerned undertaking in the visual arts, Gilardi is also a political activist. The technique he developed for his sculptures has often been applied to produce masks, signs, and props for rallies and demonstrations, as this book and an interview with Andrea Bellini explains. For all this and for much more—his design and fashion creations, his social endeavors, etc.—Piero Gilardi is emblematic of the evolution of art and society over the last five decades. He is an artist whose works and theoretical research are still relevant to map what art might achieve and how art might be useful in the "real world."
Piero Gilardi (born 1942 in Torino) is a pioneer of Arte Povera and a proud advocate of an ecological-concerned undertaking in visual arts. He is a peripatetic artist who gathered information about experimental art and creators in the 1960s, promoting the work of Richard Long or Jan Dibbets, and introducing Bruce Nauman or Eva Hesse into Europe. He is also a political activist who marched with FIAT workers in the 1970s, and who founded, in the 2000s the Living Art Park, commissioning earthworks to contemporary artists such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster or Lara Almarcegui.
For all this and for much more—his design and fashion creations, his social endeavors, etc.—Piero Gilardi is emblematic of the evolutions of art and society of the last five decades. He is an artist whose works and theoretical researches are still relevant to map what art could achieve and how art could be useful in the "real world."