When Trash Becomes Art : Trash Rubbish Mongo, Paperback / softback Book

When Trash Becomes Art : Trash Rubbish Mongo Paperback / softback

Part of the Skira Paperbacks series



The result of painstaking research by Lea Vergine, this volume explores the meaning of the "trash" phenomenon in contemporary art from the early 20th century (Boccioni, Carra, Depero, Picabia, Schwitters), through the Sixties and Seventies (Burri, Kounellis, Fontana, Vautier, Rotella, Cesar, Arman, Manzoni, Pistoletto, Beuys, Spoerri), and up to the present (Cragg, Parmiggiani, Boltanski, Sherman, Bourgeois, Serrano, Cattelan).

It examines the challenge launched by these artists, who use waste as a material for creating art.

In an era marked by great concern about the environment, the artistic use of the discarded object expresses the alienation and distress that appear to be eroding the wantonly consumeristic social model represented by the West.

Recovering and preserving refuse is a means of trying to hold on to it, of making it survive by saving it from a void, from being nothing, from the dissolution to which it is destined; it is about the desire to leave a mark, a trace, a clue for those who remain, hence touching a dimension that is psychological as well as political.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 180 pages, Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • Publisher: Skira
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  • Category: Art & design styles: from c 1960
  • ISBN: 9788876247286



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