October 23, 2003 |
Prince Hitachi of Japan will present awards to architect Rem Koolhaas, director Ken Loach, sculptor Mario Merz, painter Bridget Riley and conductor Claudio Abbado at a ceremony in Tokyo today. The Praemium Imperiale international art award, which comes with a diploma, a gold medal and $125,000, rewards extraordinary achievements in the arts. An international jury nominates the candidates and the winners are selected by the Japan Art Assn.
February 28, 1989 |
Mario Merz stands with his arms crossed, his body thrown slightly back, his white tousled hair swept down his neck. A monumental man, he resembles Rodin's rough-hewn statue of Balzac, an ironic contradiction that Merz would appreciate, since the Italian artist has spent much of his life opposing just such statuary.
November 28, 1996
Konrad Fischer, 57, a gallery owner and important dealer in contemporary art. Fischer used his mother's maiden name, Lueg, in his early days as an artist, and attracted notice when he staged a "Demonstration for the Capitalist Realism" and other conceptual projects, with Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Manfred Kuttner. In 1967, he opened a gallery with his wife, Dorothee, and his first exhibition introduced to Europe the American artist Carl Andres.
July 3, 2003
Awards: British director Ken Loach and Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas join British painter Bridget Riley, Italian sculptor Mario Merz and Italian conductor Claudio Abbado as this year's recipients of the Praemium Imperiale Awards for outstanding achievement in the arts. Tribute: The Venice Film Festival will honor Katharine Hepburn by showing a restored copy of 1955's "Summertime," organizers said Wednesday. The festival runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6.
December 22, 1989 |
A divine madness infuses the work of Mario Merz, the Italian artist who seeks a primal wholeness beneath the cold veneer of contemporary society with his impermanent materials, neon lettering, igloos and obsession with numerals. Merz's installation, "Leyden Jar," was created in 1978 for a deconsecrated church in Italy.
May 30, 2013 |
Arte Povera was one of art history's numerous liberation movements, a concerted, multifaceted effort to shake off the dead weight of prior convention. Assigned its name in 1967 by the critic and curator Germano Celant, "poor art" adopted humble, ordinary materials, often butting the organic against the inorganic. It sniffed at the market and institutions. Its leading figures -- Jannis Kounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone among them -- chimed in with enduring resonance to the broad-based call of the day to unify art and life.