Alexandra Kometovna

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Alexandra Kometovna
Michelangelo Pistoletto

Written by KATHARINE BURTON

In this body of work, Pistoletto highlights the world of construction: not the glossy end-product, but the process and mechanics of construction itself: the invisible workers, the drills and cranes that shift stone and earth, the temporary cordons, the dust and the rubble. He shines a spotlight on the incessant process of destruction and construction that is an inevitable by-product of any period of intense economic activity. Pistoletto gives us a partial view on this world: his thoughtfully calibrated compositions of objects and figures, superimposed on polished, stainless steel, assume a powerful sculptural and poetic presence.

All images © Michelangelo Pistoletto, courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery, London, Galleria Christian Stein, Milan, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York Photos by Todd-White Art Photography

Trave di Ferro, 2008-2011 Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel 59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)

Trave di Ferro, 2008-2011
Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel 59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)

Impalcatura, 2008-2011 Silkscreen on polished super mirror Stainless steel 59 x 59 in, (150 x 150 cm)

Impalcatura, 2008-2011
Silkscreen on polished super mirror Stainless steel 59 x 59 in, (150 x 150 cm)

Passacavi, 2008-2011 Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel 59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)

Passacavi, 2008-2011
Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel 59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)

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Rotoli di Passacavi, 2008-2011 Silkscreen on polished super mirror Stainless steel 59 x 59 in, (150 x 150 cm)

Rotoli di Passacavi, 2008-2011
Silkscreen on polished super mirror Stainless steel 59 x 59 in, (150 x 150 cm)

Gru Rossa, 2008-2011 Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel 59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)

Gru Rossa, 2008-2011
Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel 59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)

Betoniera, 2008-2011 Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel 59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)

Betoniera, 2008-2011
Silkscreen on polished super mirror stainless steel 59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)