Renato Guttuso (EN)

Revolutionary art fifty years from 1968

  • Edited by Pier Giovanni Castagnoli, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Elena Volpato
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Size 24 x 28 cm
  • Pages 168
  • Illustrations 120
  • Language English
  • Year 2018
  • ISBN 9788836639083
  • Price € 30,00  € 28,50
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Abstract

The volume examines the painting research, spanning about four decades, conducted by Renato Guttuso. He was a figure in the forefront of Italian art from the late-20th century and an absolutely prominent player in the setting of fervent debates enlivening that period. 
It has gathered together a representative sample of the works that best illustrate the artist’s will to provide shape and substance to an art form of civil commitment: from Fucilazione in campagna (Execution by Gunshot in the Countryside, 1938) to the drawings of Gott mit Uns (God with Us, 1944); then continuing during the 1960s with Documentario sul Vietnam (Documentary on Vietnam, 1965) and Giovani innamorati (Young Lovers, 1968), the symbol of equal, revolutionary love; and, later, with Funerali di Togliatti (Funeral of Togliatti, 1972) that is a compendium of the history of struggles and hopes of a population, together with the reasons behind the political activism of a man and of an artist. 
In close proximity with this production, the volume also proposes traditional painting subjects and a precious collection of hardly-known works – which are in some cases absolutely unprecedented. 

Turin, GAM, February - June 2018

Contents

Introduction
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Living and active matter
Pier Giovanni Castagnoli

Renato Guttuso: the 'Portrait of Mario Schifano' and the Moral Unity of Painting
Elena Volpato

The Last History Painting
Fabio Belloni

Guttuso explains the 'Funeral of Togliatti'
a cura di Fabio Belloni

WORKS
Paintings
Studies, Sketches, Portraits

APPENDIX
Biography compiled by the Guttuso Archives
Anthology by Renato Guttuso
Short critical anthology
Essential bibliography compiled by the Guttuso Archives