Luciano Pistoi. Inseguo un mio disegno
texts by Mirella Bandini, Maria Cristina Mundici, Maria Teresa Roberto, Margherita Sassone
format: 16,5 x 24 cm
date of publication: May 2008
immages: 16 col. e 200 b/n
This volume, published with the support of the Piedmont Region, is a tribute to the forty years of activity of Luciano Pistoi (1927-1995), art critic, cultural promoter and organiser, and one of the most important and influential gallery owners in Italy. His career developed between Turin, Rome and Castello di Volpaia, where he was quick to present emerging international artists, chosen counter to prevailing opinion with great passion and intuition. This led to the formation of a fine collection and the renewal of the contemporary artistic environment. Born into a Tuscan family, he came to Turin at a very young age and in the 1950s wrote as an art critic for “L’Unità”. In 1957 he opened the Galleria Notizie with an exhibition by Wols and continued by presenting the works of Fautrier, Pollock, Burri, Fontana, Dubuffet, Mathieu, Tobey, Spazzapan, Imai, Tàpies, Accardi, Gallizio, Twombly, Jorn, Shiraga, Riopelle, Francis, Nevelson and other protagonists of the informal movement. He organised extraordinary exhibitions in Turin, including, in collaboration with Michel Tapié, the first exhibition in Europe of the Japanese Gutai group in 1959 and in the same year, again with the French critic, the international Arte Nuova exhibition at the Circolo degli Artisti. In addition to Tapié, he worked with the most active and committed art critics of the time: Enrico Crispolti, Carla Lonzi, Maurizio Fagiolo and Giuliano Briganti.
This volume, edited by Mirella Bandini, Maria Cristina Mundici and Maria Teresa Roberto with the agreement of the family and heirs, bears witness to Pistoi’s interest not only in the historical avant-garde and in the protagonists of the international Informal movement, but also in the work of young and unsung artists. In addition to the introductory essays by the curators, the book contains a complete record and extensive iconographic documentation of Pistoi’s exhibitions, along with an unpublished anthology of his critical writings and numerous essays originally published by the Galleria Notizie (catalogues and bulletins) and by Fattoria Editrice Castello di Volpaia.