‘On Salvo/De Salvo’: Presenting a New Monograph

‘On Salvo/De Salvo’: Presenting a New Monograph


May 18, 2023, 6:00 PM

General admission: $10; Members & Students: Free


Join us at CIMA as we present IO SONO SALVO: Works and Writings 1961-2015 (NERO Editions, 2023), a new monograph dedicated to artist Salvo (1947-2015). The monograph is conceived as a self-portrait: a story of the artist’s practice through his works and words. A collection of writings, including the treatise On Painting, unpublished texts, and various interviews given over the years, complement a vast selection of his works, presented in chronological sequence.

Bob Nickas, author of one of the two critical essays published in the volume, will be in conversation with CIMA Fellow Giorgio Di Domenico, with the participation of CIMA Executive Director, Nicola Lucchi.

Born in Leonforte, in Sicily, Salvo moves to Turin in 1956, where he starts carrying out a conceptual research, first akin to that of Arte Povera and of artists such as Sol LeWitt, Robert Barry and Joseph Kosuth, with whom he comes into contact. 1973 was the year of his “return to painting”, a language he had practiced in the very first years of his training and that, at the beginning of the 1970s, was to be considered unconventional.
Salvo does not conceive painting in contrast to the language of conceptual art, and through a fifty-year career, he is able to carry on a personal research, in constant dialogue with the past.


Light refreshments will be served


This project is supported by the Italian Council (10th edition, 2021), a program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Bob Nickas is a writer and curator based in New York. He has organized over 120 exhibitions since 1984. As Curatorial Advisor at MoMA/PS1, between 2004-07, he mounted monographic exhibitions for Lee Lozano, Stephen Shore, and Wolfgang Tillmans, as well as projects with Trisha Donnelly and Torbjørn Rødland. He served on the teams for the 2003 Biennale de Lyon and Greater New York 2005 at MoMA/PS1, contributed a section to Aperto at the 1993 Venice Biennale, and collaborated with Cady Noland on her Documenta IX project in 1992. He was founding editor of Index magazine. His books include Painting Abstraction: New Elements In Abstract Painting, and four collections of writing and interviews: Theft Is Vision, Live Free or Die, The Dept. of Corrections, and Komplaint Dept. He is one of the authors of Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years In 200 Pivotal Artworks, No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989, and Brand New: Art & Commodity in the 1980s. Most recently he has published essays in books on Vija Celmins, Robert Grosvenor, Steven Parrino, Josh Smith and Salvo.


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