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Title: Giorgio Griffa. Works: 1965-2015
Published by: Mousse Publishing, 2015
Editor: Andrea Bellini
Artist: Giorgio Griffa
Texts: Andrea Bellini, Luca Cerizza, Laura Cherubini, Martin Clark, Suzanne Cotter, Chris Dercon and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Design: Marco Fasolini, Fausto Giliberti, Matteo Gualandris, Niki Leck, Massimiliano Pace and Francesco Valtolina.
Number of pages: 240
This monograph was published on the occasion of the comprehensive exhibition cycle dedicated to the work of Giorgio Griffas at Center d’Art Contemporain, Genéve, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves, Porto, Bergen Kunsthall and Fondazione Giuliani, Rome. Through new texts by Andrea Bellini, Luca Cerizza, Laura Cherubini, Martin Clark, Suzanne Cotter and Chris Dercon, a conversation between Griffa and Hans Ulrich Obrist, together with a selection of artist texts and a chronology prepared by Mariann Vecelliio, the book aims to illuminate the diverse distinctiveness and the outstanding richness of Griffas paintings.
“Giorgio Griffa is one of the least known Turin-based artists of the Arte Povera generation, yet a precious “treasure” as the city of Turin, in its usual discreet and superior way, has managed to keep secret – in this case for almost half a century. There was especially one group of young artists from this city, which in the wake of the post-war era helped to write the second half of the 20th century European art history. Along with today’s universally acclaimed people, like Alighiero Boetti, Giuseppe Penone, Giulio Paolini, Giovanni Anselmo, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio, Mario and Marisa Merz, there were also several leading artists in Turin who have only recently gained the international attention they deserve.
Among these I think of Piero Gilardi, Gianni Piacentino, Carol Rama, Salvo, and Aldo Mondino, but also on the eccentric and eclectic Carlo Mollino. Griffa was among the most discreet and isolated within this group of young artists in the circle around Sperone’s gallery. While his companions from the mid-sixties focused mainly on sculpture and installation art, Griffa has primarily been interested in painting. “
- Andrea Bellini