Giorgio Griffa
Published by Edizioni Essegi, Ravenna, 1989, 164 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 24 cm, Italian
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Abstract painter Giorgio Griffa, closely linked to the Arte Povera movement, first became known in the 1960s as part of an Italian generation of artists who sought to radically redefine painting.

Believing in the ‘intelligence of painting’, Griffa allows the essential elements of his process, such as the type or width of the brush, the colour or dilution of the paint and the nature of the canvas, whether linen, cotton, hemp or jute, to influence and form the work. Griffa’s approach is performative and time-based—often working horizontally on the floor, his rhythmic, formal gestures soak into the unprimed and unstretched material.

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