Sunday, 4 March 2012

Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan - Tate Modern

Alighiero Boetti, Aerei, 1989
Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan at Tate Modern until 27 May is a rare opportunity to see the work of this intriguing artist. Boetti, who died in 1994, was included in Germano Celant's 1967 Arte Povera exhibition and subsequently developed a socially collaborative practice that anticipated relational aesthetics. Dividing his time between Italy and Afghanistan, but also working in Ethiopia, Japan, Pakistan and Guatemala,  his work includes world maps emroidered by Afghan craftspeople, collaboratively produced biro pen drawings, mail art and a box containing a light bulb (Lampada Annuale, 1966) which, teasingly, lights up for only 11 seconds per year - at a random moment.
Read reviews by Laura Cumming and Adrian Searle. See also articles in Parkett (1990) and Art in America (2001) - both  available on the Sperone Westwater website, and Frieze (2000).
Alighiero Boetti, Mappa del Mondo, 1994
Alighiero Boetti, Mappa del Mondo
Alighiero Boetti, Ping Pong, 1966
Alighiero Boetti, Immaginando Tutto, 1982
Alighiero Boetti, Lampada Annuale, 1966

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