For the first time the book traces the contemporary artistic culture of Florence since the 1970s to present day (with a specific eye on the two decades 1970-1990). Rethink recent past in a future perspective to deepen how art has been produced and diffused in Florence, and to reflect on the relationship between historical frame and artistic update. Three thematic sections philologically investigated: Florence and the international scene through Florentine centres of experimentation
(Gallery Schema, Zona artist-run space, Villa Romana, art/tapes/22), the editorial reality of Centro Di and exhibitions of artist books; the connection between art, city and public sphere with the Studio d’arte Il Moro, the show Umanesimo, Disumanesimo nell’arte europea 1890/1980, the urban actions by Mario Mariotti, the magazine «Westuff» and the exhibitions Made in Florence; finally, the institutional vacuum between the unresolved issue of the contemporary art museum and the alternatives of art spaces operating in the last decade.
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