This Catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibitions at Met Breuer, New York | 24 January – 7 May 2017 and at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles | 4 June – 4 September 2017
Texts by Ian Alteveer, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev,Connie Butler, Leslie Cozzi, Teresa Kittler, and Lucia Re
This generously illustrated book offers readers the chance to appreciate the full range of works by Marisa Merz (born Turin, Italy, 1926), winner of the 2013 Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Biennale. This volume traces Merz’s artistic evolution from early experiments with nontraditional materials and processes to her intricately constructed installations of the 1970s and her enigmatic ceramic heads of the 1980s and ’90s. Authoritative essays explore the rise of international women’s art and Merz’s own place in Italy’s postwar art history.
As the sole female protagonist of Arte Povera, she is one of few Italian women to exhibit in major venues internationally. However, Merz’s challenging and evocative body of work is deeply personal and resistant to the categories of art history. Previously unpublished texts and poetry by the artist, and an illustrated chronology, complement this comprehensive look at an enormously influential artist.
The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The exhibition and publication were developed in close collaboration with Fondazione Merz, Turin.