Artists & Designers

Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994)

Alighiero Boetti (also known as Alighiero e Boetti) was born in Turin, Italy in 1940. Along with his Turinese contemporaries Mario Merz and Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Boetti was a participant in arte povera. In the 1960s Boetti began making works in strong dialogue with minimalism and its engagement with industrial materials and systemic thinking and went on to produce a highly poetic art concerned with issues of identity and authorship. A series of so-called paintings in the form of maps of the world embroidered by Afghani women, which he began in 1971, anticipated the multicultural challenge to the tyranny of authorship and ownership that become a central dialogue for a much younger generation of artists in the 1990s.

Adapted from

Allan Schwartzman, "From a Prehistoric Wind," in Fast forward: contemporary collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, eds. María de Corral and John R. Lane (Dallas Museum of Art ; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007), 158-165.

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