This, now 75 year old, artist began working in the early 1950’s. He was a main protagonist is the Arte Povera (poor art) movement. Michelangelo is amazing for many reasons but I think we need to bring Arte Povera back. “Poor” is not a description of the works quality; it’s a description of the financial state of its participants. The rule is, you can only use materials acquired for free, or laughably cheap.
With a name like Michelangelo, he was fated to engage religious subjects. His piece “Woollen. The Reinstated Apple” from 2007 was a hit as his “Third Paradise” show. While he began experimenting with self-portraits, some of his most engaging work was the result of his experimentation with mirrors and painting reflective surfaces, directly engaging the reader and effectively making them a part of the piece. Check out “Man with Yellow Pants” at the MOMA now. K$
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