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Marisa Merz

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  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Pages: 320
  • Illustrations: 300 in full color
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 10 3/4''
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • ISBN: 9783791355672



By Ian Alteveer, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Leslie Cozzi, Teresa Kittler, and Lucia Re

This generously illustrated book offers readers the chance to appreciate the full range of works by Marisa Merz (born Turin, Italy, 1926), winner of the 2013 Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Biennale. This volume traces Merz's artistic evolution from early experiments with nontraditional materials and processes to her intricately constructed installations of the 1970s and her enigmatic ceramic heads of the 1980s and '90s. Authoritative essays explore the rise of international women's art and Merz's own place in Italy's postwar art history.

As the sole female protagonist of Arte Povera, she is one of few Italian women to exhibit in major venues internationally. However, Merz's challenging and evocative body of work is deeply personal and resistant to the categories of art history. Previously unpublished texts and poetry by the artist, and an illustrated chronology, complement this comprehensive look at an enormously influential artist.

The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The exhibition and publication were developed in close collaboration with Fondazione Merz, Turin.

Ian Alteveer is Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is an American writer, art historian, and curator.

Leslie Cozzi is Curatorial Associate, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

TeresaKittler is a Lecturer in History of Art, University of York.

Lucia Re is Professor of Italian with an appointment in the Department of Gender Studies at UCLA.

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