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Arte Povera.

Arte Povera. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (editor). New York, NY: Phaidon Press, 2005. Illus., soft-cover, 304 pp., $39.95.

The power and breadth of demands for social change during the 1960s reverberates today as a faint heartbeat pounding for revolution in contemporary art. Christov-Bakargiev presents a comprehensive survey of a significant group of Italian artists who rejected "high art" in favor of radical ideas such as the rejection of consumer values and Western bourgeois society. Aligned with other major art movements--including Land Art, minimalism, and Conceptual Art--Arte Povera (poor art) focused on the basic relationship between life and art. For art educators, it will be interesting to note that John Dewey was one of several significant literary influences on this group of artists. The tone of this book conveys a consciousness of the Arte Povera movement.

--Reviewed by Rebecca Martin, an art teacher at Oakhurst Elementary, Fort Worth, Texas.
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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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