The New Social Environment#273

Giuseppe Penone with Alexis Dahan and Francesca Pietropaolo


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Giuseppe Penone joins artist and writer Alexis Dahan and art historian, curator, and critic Francesca Pietropaolo for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Gabriele Tinti.

In this talk

🌹 This conversation is available in English and Italian. An English translation of this conversation is available here:

Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone, James Ewing Photography
Giuseppe Penone, James Ewing Photography
Born in Garessio, Italy in 1947, Giuseppe Penone is one of the most significant artists related to developments in sculpture in the 60s and 70s and to Arte Povera. Penone’s work retains its own distinctive character incorporating binary meanings related to the natural world and the notion of living sculpture. Penone’s interest in the space between the hand and the touched surface that becomes sculpture and drawing, between imprint and sight, gesture and action, has been sustained throughout his body of work. He has exhibited extensively and internationally, and recently received the McKim Medal (2017) and the prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for Sculpture in 2014. His exhibition at Marian Goodman is on view through April 17, 2021.

Alexis Dahan

Alexis Dahan
A French artist and writer, living in New York since 2005, Alexis Dahan completed his master’s degree in Literature and Philosophy in Paris and studied Journalism at New York University. Dahan had his first solo exhibition at Half Gallery in 2012. In 2013, Dahan’s public installation We serve selected texts was invited by the Dia Art Foundation to be placed in front of its headquarters in Chelsea. Since then, Dahan has had eight solo shows in the United States and Europe and is an alumni of the International Studio and Curatorial Program (I.S.C.P.). Dahan is a regular contributor to Purple Magazine with whom he has conducted and published interviews of artists such as Joseph Kosuth, Jeff Wall, Gabriel Orozco, Lawrence Weiner, Giuseppe Penone, Barbara Kruger, and Adrian Villar Rojas.

Francesca Pietropaolo

A portrait of curator Francesca Pietropaolo.
Italian-born art historian, curator, and critic based in Venice, Francesca Pietropaolo has held curatorial positions at the Walker Art Center, MoMA, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, and Fondation Louis Vuitton. From 2015-2018 she co-curated for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Athens and in 2019 she co-curated the exhibition Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy: Mare Nostrum, organized by the Brooklyn Rail, a Collateral Event of the Venice Biennale. She is the author of numerous essays, and is the editor of Ellsworth Kelly and Writings on Art 1980-2005 / Writings on Art 2006-2021, the first two-volume anthology of writings by Robert Storr, among others. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Gabriele Tinti reading.

Gabriele Tinti

Gabriele Tinti, courtesy Mauro Maglione
Gabriele Tinti, courtesy Mauro Maglione
A recent recipient of the 2018 Montale Poetry Award, Gabriele Tinti is an Italian poet and writer. He has worked with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Roman Museum, the Capitolini Museums, the Archeological Museum in Naples, the Ara Pacis Museums, the Colosseum and the Glyptothek of Munich, composing poems for ancient works of art, including The Boxer at Rest, the Discobolus, Arundel Head, the Ludovisi Gaul, the Victorious Youth, the Farnese Hercules, the Hercules by Scopas, the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, the Barberini Faun and many other masterpieces.

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