Synopses & Reviews
The re-issue of Lea Vergine's groundbreaking text on Body Art, with a new introduction.
When it appeared in 1974, it was the first book to witness the birth and growth of one of the most
singular and controversial artistic manifestations of our century, Body Art. The book contains Lea
Vergine's thoughtful insight on the Ògolden ageÓ of the Body Art movement, the magic Seventies, and
several writings by the artists themselves.
Arisen and developed between the Sixties and the Seventies, Body Art embraces the artistic research
that uses the body as Òexpressive materialÓ: the body is no longer interpreted and represented by art
materials, but becomes itself actor and ÒmaterialÓ of the work of art, subject and expressive
instrument. Featuring a large documentation of films, videotapes, happenings, actions, performances,
the book by Lea Vergine (an acclaimed contemporary art critic) analyses in clear, compelling terms,
the evolution of this artistic phenomenon through the works of sixty artists, including Gina Pane,
Gilbert & George, Ben Vautier, Giovanni Anselmo, Richard Serra, Franco Vaccari, expounders of Body
Art who have worked for years with and on the body, as well as artists for whom the use of the body
has been a key moment, but only sporadic of their career.
Lea Vergine is the author of many books on contemporary art issues. Among them: Attraverso l'Arte/Pratica Politica, Arcana, Rome, 1976; L'Arte ritrovata, Rizzoli, Milan, 1982; L'Arte in gioco, Garzanti, Milan, 1988; Gli ultimi eccentrici, Rizzoli, Milan, 1990; Arte in trincea, Skira, Milan, 1996.
She has curated a great number of exhibitions, among which: "L'altra meta dell'Avanguardia," Milan, Palazzo Reale; Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni; Stockholm, Kulturhuset (1980-81); "Arte cinetica e programmata," Milan, Palazzo Reale (1983-84); "Geometrie dionisiache," Milan, Rotonda della Besana (1988); "Quando i rifiuti diventano arte/Trash," Museums of Trento and Rovereto (1997-98).
In 1991 she organized the seminar "Arte: utopia o regressione?" ("Art: utopia or regression?") at San Marino; and in 1996 the seminar "La scena del rischio" ("The scene of risk") at the Galleria Civica of Turin.