© Claudio Abate
© Francesco Clemente
© Michelangelo Pistoletto

ITALIAN PHOTOARTISTS

"Photography by nature is a technical medium able to document reality and art in a statistic way. It is an objective and pure media made to read the visual and narrative  essence of conceptual art". These words by Achille Bonito Oliva are the basic theorem of Italian Photoartists, a group show (exhibition still available) which he curated and promoted since 2007. The show puts together Italian artists who used the medium of Photography for more than 40 years. Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giuseppe Penone, Francesco Clemente since the early 60's freely use cameras as non-aware photographers. Luigi Ontani, Ettore Sottsass, Claudio Abate adapt their visions to the new wave of performance, installation, land and body art which generated in the 70's. At the same time Franco Vaccari, Luigi Ghirri, Ugo Mulas are starting to impose photography as a pure expression of art in which the printing process is as important as the conceptual quality of the image itself. The supremacy of Photo-art in the contemporary market is made clear by the global success of Italian art icons such as Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Francesco Vezzoli. Photography is no longer a way to look, but the most updated way to think. The show includes also works by Loris Cecchini, Mario Giacomelli, Mario Schifano, Paul Thuile and many more.