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