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Jannis Kounellis Art

Greek, 1936-2017

Jannis Kounellis was the major exponent of the Italian art movement Arte Povera in the 20th century. Kounellis was born in Piraeus, Greece, in 1936. He lived in Greece during the Second World War and Greek Civil War before he moved to Rome in 1956.

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Artist: Jannis Kounellis
Photo Lithograph Jannis Kounellis Arte Povera Italian Avant Garde Etching
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Surfside, FL
'Lo faro il litterato tutta la vita' Photo Lithography on rag paper hand signed lower right in pencil: Kounellis numbered 37/90. Provenance: The Collection of Ileana Sonnabend (Mrs L...
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1960s Arte Povera Jannis Kounellis Art

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Lithograph

Elettra, Music Score Lithograph Jannis Kounellis Arte Povera Italian Avant Garde
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Surfside, FL
It depicts a musical score or music notes. Offset Lithography on rag paper hand signed lower right in pencil: Kounellis numbered 37/90. Provenance: The Collection of Ileana Sonnabend...
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1960s Arte Povera Jannis Kounellis Art

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Lithograph

Never-Ending Spiral - Mixed Media by Jannis Kounellis - 2008
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
Lithograph realized by Yannis Kounellis in occasion of the Olympic Games of Beijing, China, in 2008. Hand signed and numbered, perfect condition. This work is from the portfolio Th...
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Early 2000s Abstract Jannis Kounellis Art

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Mixed Media

I will be a Writer - Lithograph by Jannis Kounellis - 1970s
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
I will be a writer is an original modern artwork realized by Jannis Kounellis. Photo-lithograph, hand retouched. Hand signed by the artist. Edition of 90 copies (13/90). Original ...
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1970s Modern Jannis Kounellis Art

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Lithograph

Never-Ending Spiral - Mixed Media by Jannis Kounellis - 2008
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
Never-Ending Spiral, Olympic Games Beijing 2008 is an original mixed media print realized by Jannis Kounellis. This artwork is from the portfolio The Unique Collection for the Olympic Fine Arts 2008 presented during the Olympic Games and produced in 260 copies as the only official artistic product of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Each artwork of this portfolio is recognizable by the official stamp of the Olympic Organising Committee. Hand-signed on the lower right, Numbered on the lower left, Excellent conditions. Jannis Kounellis (1936-2017) was one of the most important exponents of Arte Povera. Arte Povera, impoverished art, was a phrase coined by the Milanese art...
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Early 2000s Abstract Jannis Kounellis Art

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Mixed Media

Never Ending Spiral - Lithograph by Yannis Kounellis - 2008
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed lithograph, 2008. Excellent conditions. This work by Jannis Kounellis -a key figure associated with Arte Povera- is from the portfolio The Unique Collection for the Oly...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Jannis Kounellis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled - Original Artbook with Suite of Etchings by Yannis Kounellis - 1992
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
Fragments is an original contemporary artwork / artist book realized by Jannis Kounellis and Giorgio De Dominicis in 1992. Edition n.16 of 40. The book has been printed in 40 copie...
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1990s Contemporary Jannis Kounellis Art

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Etching

Vecchio non far che presso a queste navi....
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
Edition 14/90, signed on the lower right, dated on the lower center, numbered on the lower left. Provenance: Galleria La Salita, Roma.
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1970s Contemporary Jannis Kounellis Art

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Mixed Media

Opera in ricordo di Mauro Rostagno
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Work in memory of Mauro Rostagno. - Signature, title and edition at the bottom Edition of 150 Signed
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Jannis Kounellis Art

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Screen

Elettra, Music Score Lithograph Jannis Kounellis Arte Povera Italian Avant Garde
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Surfside, FL
It depicts a musical score or music notes. Offset Lithography on rag paper hand signed lower right in pencil: Kounellis numbered 37/90. Provenance: The Collection of Ileana Sonnabend (Mrs Leo Castelli) & the Estate of Nina Castelli Sundell I have seen this piece identified as being 1969 and I have seen it as 1972. Spartito musicale. Jannis Kounellis (Greek: Γιάννης Κουνέλλης; 23 March 1936 – 16 February 2017) was a Greek Italian contemporary artist based in Rome. A key figure associated with Arte Povera, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. Kounellis was born in Piraeus, Greece in 1936. He lived in Greece during the Second World War and Greek Civil War before he moved to Rome in 1956. From 1960 to 1966, Kounellis went through a period of only exhibiting paintings. In some of his first exhibitions, Kounellis began stenciling numbers, letters, and words onto his canvases, often reflecting advertisements and signs seen on the street. In 1960 he began to introduce found sculptural objects such as actual street signs into his work, exhibiting at Galleria La Tartaruga. This same year he donned one of his stencil paintings as a garment and created a performance in his studio to demonstrate himself literally becoming one with his painting. This newfound convergence of painting, sculpture, and performance was Kounellis' way out of traditional art. By 1961 he began to paint on newspaper to reflect his feelings towards modern society and politics. From 1963, Kounellis introduced found objects in his artworks, among them live animals but also fire, earth, burlap sacks, and gold. He replaced the canvas with bed frames, doorways, windows or simply the gallery itself. Kounellis' work from the 1980s, which also consisted of sculptures and performances using unusual materials, traveled all over Europe. In 1974, he performed with Edward Kienholz, Wolf Vostell and other artists in Berlin at the ADA – Aktionen der Avantgarde. His work has become integral to numerous renowned, international museums' collections. In 1967, Kounellis became associated with Arte Povera, a movement theorized by curator Germano Celant as a major shift from work on flat surfaces to installations. Kounellis participated in the exhibition 'Arte Povera – e IM Spazio' at the La Bertesca Gallery in Genoa curated by Celant, Arte povera means literally ‘poor art’ but the word poor here refers to the movement’s signature exploration of a wide range of materials beyond the traditional ones of oil paint on canvas, bronze, or carved marble. Materials used by the artists included soil, rags and twigs. Leading artists were Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Piero Gilardi, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio. They worked in many different ways. They worked in painting, sculpture and photography and made performances and installations, creating works of large physical presence as well as small-scale gestures. To solidify the movement, Celant curated yet another group show, 'Arte Povera', which was exhibited at the De' Foscherari gallery in Bologna in 1968 with similar artists. In the same year Kounellis exhibited 'Senza titolo (Untitled)', which consisted of raw wool, rope and a wooden structure all leaning against a wall. Finally, Kounellis was also included in 'RA3 Arte Povera + Azioni povere' which was organized by Marcello Rumma and curated by Celant. In 1967, Kounellis installed "live birds in cages along with rose-shaped, cloth cut-outs pinned to canvas" alongside his painting. Through this shift in his work, "Kounellis was more interested in anarchical freedom from linguistic norms and conventional materials. The space of the gallery and the exhibition site in general were transformed into a stage where real life and fiction could join in a suspension of disbelief." The viewers became part of the scene of these living natural sources of energy within the gallery space. He continued his involvement with live animals later in 1969, when he exhibited twelve living horses, as if they were cars, in the Galleria l'Attico's new location in an old garage in Via Beccaria. Gradually, Kounellis introduced new materials, such as propane torches, smoke, coal, meat, ground coffee, lead, and found wooden objects...
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1960s Arte Povera Jannis Kounellis Art

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Lithograph

Photo Lithograph Jannis Kounellis Arte Povera Italian Avant Garde Etching
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Surfside, FL
'Lo faro il litterato tutta la vita' Photo Lithography on rag paper hand signed lower right in pencil: Kounellis numbered 37/90. Provenance: The Collection of Ileana Sonnabend (Mrs Leo Castelli) & the Estate of Nina Castelli Sundell I have seen this piece identified as being 1969 and I have seen it as 1972. Jannis Kounellis (Greek: Γιάννης Κουνέλλης; 23 March 1936 – 16 February 2017) was a Greek Italian contemporary artist based in Rome. A key figure associated with Arte Povera, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. Kounellis was born in Piraeus, Greece in 1936. He lived in Greece during the Second World War and Greek Civil War before he moved to Rome in 1956. From 1960 to 1966, Kounellis went through a period of only exhibiting paintings. In some of his first exhibitions, Kounellis began stenciling numbers, letters, and words onto his canvases, often reflecting advertisements and signs seen on the street. In 1960 he began to introduce found sculptural objects such as actual street signs into his work, exhibiting at Galleria La Tartaruga. This same year he donned one of his stencil paintings as a garment and created a performance in his studio to demonstrate himself literally becoming one with his painting. This newfound convergence of painting, sculpture, and performance was Kounellis' way out of traditional art. By 1961 he began to paint on newspaper to reflect his feelings towards modern society and politics. From 1963, Kounellis introduced found objects in his artworks, among them live animals but also fire, earth, burlap sacks, and gold. He replaced the canvas with bed frames, doorways, windows or simply the gallery itself. Kounellis' work from the 1980s, which also consisted of sculptures and performances using unusual materials, traveled all over Europe. In 1974, he performed with Edward Kienholz, Wolf Vostell and other artists in Berlin at the ADA – Aktionen der Avantgarde. His work has become integral to numerous renowned, international museums' collections. In 1967, Kounellis became associated with Arte Povera, a movement theorized by curator Germano Celant as a major shift from work on flat surfaces to installations. Kounellis participated in the exhibition 'Arte Povera – e IM Spazio' at the La Bertesca Gallery in Genoa curated by Celant, Arte povera means literally ‘poor art’ but the word poor here refers to the movement’s signature exploration of a wide range of materials beyond the traditional ones of oil paint on canvas, bronze, or carved marble. Materials used by the artists included soil, rags and twigs. Leading artists were Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Piero Gilardi, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio. They worked in many different ways. They worked in painting, sculpture and photography and made performances and installations, creating works of large physical presence as well as small-scale gestures. To solidify the movement, Celant curated yet another group show, 'Arte Povera', which was exhibited at the De' Foscherari gallery in Bologna in 1968 with similar artists. In the same year Kounellis exhibited 'Senza titolo (Untitled)', which consisted of raw wool, rope and a wooden structure all leaning against a wall. Finally, Kounellis was also included in 'RA3 Arte Povera + Azioni povere' which was organized by Marcello Rumma and curated by Celant. In 1967, Kounellis installed "live birds in cages along with rose-shaped, cloth cut-outs pinned to canvas" alongside his painting. Through this shift in his work, "Kounellis was more interested in anarchical freedom from linguistic norms and conventional materials. The space of the gallery and the exhibition site in general were transformed into a stage where real life and fiction could join in a suspension of disbelief." The viewers became part of the scene of these living natural sources of energy within the gallery space. He continued his involvement with live animals later in 1969, when he exhibited twelve living horses, as if they were cars, in the Galleria l'Attico's new location in an old garage in Via Beccaria. Gradually, Kounellis introduced new materials, such as propane torches, smoke, coal, meat, ground coffee, lead, and found wooden objects into his installations. He also looked beyond the gallery environment to historical (mostly industrial) sites. In 1997, Kounellis installed thirteen wardrobes and two doors that were sealed in lead along a scaffolding ledge that blocked the entry to a central hall. In 1968, in an interview by Marisa Volpi, Kounellis stated that incidental adjustments are certain as aspects that can indicate the human liberty of life. Selected Solo Exhibitions 1960: La Tartaruga gallery, Rome 1969: Attico Gallery, Rome 1981: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 1982: Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1988: Castle of Rivoli, Turin 1996: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 2005: Albertina, Vienna 2007: Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin 2007: Kounellis - Jaffa Port...
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1960s Arte Povera Jannis Kounellis Art

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Lithograph

Rose - Mixed Media by Jannis Kounellis - 1963
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
"Rose" is an original artwork realized by Jannis Kounellis in 1963. It is hand signed overleaf and made with mixed media on cardboard. The Certificate of Authenticity is on a signed photograph. Exhibitions: Rome 1960 - the Dealer's Choice, Galleria Angelica, Rome, 2012. Reference: Luca Beatrice, Roma ’60, Milano, Silvana Editoriale, 2010, p. 189. Very good conditions, wooden frame included. Jannis Kounellis (1936 – 2017) was a Greek painter and sculptor. He anticipated and fostered the development of the Arte Povera movement. From the 1980s, his artworks often retrieved fragments and ancient objects...
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1960s Arte Povera Jannis Kounellis Art

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Mixed Media

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Going to Manchuria, she was able to assert her own personality, and that left its mark on me.” Evidently so. She wears her obi low on the hips, masculine style. The Porcelain aloofness she displays in photographs shatters in person. Her speech is forceful, her expression animated and her laugh both throaty and infectious. The hand she brings to her mouth to cover her amusement (a traditional female gesture of modesty) does not stand a chance. Her father also made a strong impression on the fifth of his seven children:”He came from a very old family, and he was quite strict in some ways and quite liberal in others.” He owned one of the first three bicycles ever imported to Japan and tinkered with it constantly He also decided that his little daughter would undergo rigorous training in a procrustean antiquity. “I was forced to study from age six on to learn calligraphy,” Shinoda says, The young girl dutifully memorized and copied the accepted models. In one sense, her father had pushed her in a promising direction, one of the few professional fields in Japan open to females. Included among the ancient terms that had evolved around calligraphy was onnade, or woman's writing. Heresy lay ahead. By the time she was 15, she had already been through nine years of intensive discipline, “I got tired of it and decided to try my own style. My father always scolded me for being naughty and departing from the traditional way, but I had to do it.” She produces a brush and a piece of paper to demonstrate the nature of her rebellion. “This is kawa, the accepted calligraphic character for river,” she says, deftly sketching three short vertical strokes. “But I wanted to use more than three lines to show the force of the river.” Her brush flows across the white page, leaving a recognizable river behind, also flowing.” The simple kawa in the traditional language was not enough for me. I wanted to find a new symbol to express the word river.” Her conviction grew that ink could convey the ineffable, the feeling, "as she says, of wind blowing softly.” Another demonstration. She goes to the sliding wooden door of an anteroom and disappears in back of it; the only trace of her is a triangular swatch of the right sleeve of her kimono, which she has arranged for that purpose. A realization dawns. The task of this artist is to paint that three sided pattern so that the invisible woman attached to it will be manifest to all viewers. Gen, painted especially for TIME, shows Shinoda’s theory in practice. She calls the work “my conception of Japan in visual terms.” A dark swath at the left, punctuated by red, stands for history. In the center sits a Chinese character gen, which means in the present or actuality. A blank pattern at the right suggests an unknown future. Once out of school, Shinoda struck off on a path significantly at odds with her culture. She recognized marriage for what it could mean to her career (“a restriction”) and decided against it. There was a living to be earned by doing traditional calligraphy:she used her free time to paint her variations. In 1940 a Tokyo gallery exhibited her work. (Fourteen years would pass before she got a second show.)War came, and bad times for nearly everyone, including the aspiring artist , who retreated to a rural area near Mount Fuji and traded her kimonos for eggs. In 1954 Shinoda’s work was included in a group exhibit at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Two years later, she overcame bureaucratic obstacles to visit the U.S.. Unmarried Japanese women are allowed visas for only three months, patiently applying for two-month extensions, one at a time, Shinoda managed to travel the country for two years. She pulls out a scrapbook from this period. Leafing through it, she suddenly raises a hand and touches her cheek:”How young I looked!” An inspection is called for. The woman in the grainy, yellowing newspaper photograph could easily be the on e sitting in this room. Told this, she nods and smiles. No translation necessary. Her sojourn in the U.S. proved to be crucial in the recognition and development of Shinoda’s art. Celebrities such as actor Charles Laughton and John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet bought her paintings and spread the good word. She also saw the works of the abstract expressionists, then the rage of the New York City art world, and realized that these Western artists, coming out of an utterly different tradition, were struggling toward the same goal that had obsessed her. Once she was back home, her work slowly made her famous. Although Shinoda has used many materials (fabric, stainless steel, ceramics, cement), brush and ink remain her principal means of expression. She had said, “As long as I am devoted to the creation of new forms, I can draw even with muddy water.” Fortunately, she does not have to. She points with evident pride to her ink stone, a velvety black slab of rock, with an indented basin, that is roughly a foot across and two feet long. It is more than 300 years old. Every working morning, Shinoda pours about a third of a pint of water into it, then selects an ink stick from her extensive collection, some dating back to China’s Ming dynasty. Pressing stick against stone, she begins rubbing. Slowly, the dried ink dissolves in the water and becomes ready for the brush. So two batches of sumi (India ink) are exactly alike; something old, something new. She uses color sparingly. Her clear preference is black and all its gradations. “In some paintings, sumi expresses blue better than blue.” It is time to go downstairs to the living quarters. A niece, divorced and her daughter,10,stay here with Shinoda; the artist who felt forced to renounce family and domesticity at the outset of her career seems welcome to it now. Sake is offered, poured into small cedar boxes and happily accepted. Hold carefully. Drink from a corner. Ambrosial. And just right for the surroundings and the hostess. A conservative renegade; a liberal traditionalist; a woman steeped in the male-dominated conventions that she consistently opposed. Her trail blazing accomplishments are analogous to Picasso’s. When she says goodbye, she bows. --by Paul Gray...
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Elettra, Music Score Lithograph Jannis Kounellis Arte Povera Italian Avant Garde
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Surfside, FL
It depicts a musical score or music notes. Offset Lithography on rag paper hand signed lower right in pencil: Kounellis numbered 37/90. Provenance: The Collection of Ileana Sonnabend (Mrs Leo Castelli) & the Estate of Nina Castelli Sundell I have seen this piece identified as being 1969 and I have seen it as 1972. Spartito musicale. Jannis Kounellis (Greek: Γιάννης Κουνέλλης; 23 March 1936 – 16 February 2017) was a Greek Italian contemporary artist based in Rome. A key figure associated with Arte Povera, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. Kounellis was born in Piraeus, Greece in 1936. He lived in Greece during the Second World War and Greek Civil War before he moved to Rome in 1956. From 1960 to 1966, Kounellis went through a period of only exhibiting paintings. In some of his first exhibitions, Kounellis began stenciling numbers, letters, and words onto his canvases, often reflecting advertisements and signs seen on the street. In 1960 he began to introduce found sculptural objects such as actual street signs into his work, exhibiting at Galleria La Tartaruga. This same year he donned one of his stencil paintings as a garment and created a performance in his studio to demonstrate himself literally becoming one with his painting. This newfound convergence of painting, sculpture, and performance was Kounellis' way out of traditional art. By 1961 he began to paint on newspaper to reflect his feelings towards modern society and politics. From 1963, Kounellis introduced found objects in his artworks, among them live animals but also fire, earth, burlap sacks, and gold. He replaced the canvas with bed frames, doorways, windows or simply the gallery itself. Kounellis' work from the 1980s, which also consisted of sculptures and performances using unusual materials, traveled all over Europe. In 1974, he performed with Edward Kienholz, Wolf Vostell and other artists in Berlin at the ADA – Aktionen der Avantgarde. His work has become integral to numerous renowned, international museums' collections. In 1967, Kounellis became associated with Arte Povera, a movement theorized by curator Germano Celant as a major shift from work on flat surfaces to installations. Kounellis participated in the exhibition 'Arte Povera – e IM Spazio' at the La Bertesca Gallery in Genoa curated by Celant, Arte povera means literally ‘poor art’ but the word poor here refers to the movement’s signature exploration of a wide range of materials beyond the traditional ones of oil paint on canvas, bronze, or carved marble. Materials used by the artists included soil, rags and twigs. Leading artists were Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Piero Gilardi, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio. They worked in many different ways. They worked in painting, sculpture and photography and made performances and installations, creating works of large physical presence as well as small-scale gestures. To solidify the movement, Celant curated yet another group show, 'Arte Povera', which was exhibited at the De' Foscherari gallery in Bologna in 1968 with similar artists. In the same year Kounellis exhibited 'Senza titolo (Untitled)', which consisted of raw wool, rope and a wooden structure all leaning against a wall. Finally, Kounellis was also included in 'RA3 Arte Povera + Azioni povere' which was organized by Marcello Rumma and curated by Celant. In 1967, Kounellis installed "live birds in cages along with rose-shaped, cloth cut-outs pinned to canvas" alongside his painting. Through this shift in his work, "Kounellis was more interested in anarchical freedom from linguistic norms and conventional materials. The space of the gallery and the exhibition site in general were transformed into a stage where real life and fiction could join in a suspension of disbelief." The viewers became part of the scene of these living natural sources of energy within the gallery space. He continued his involvement with live animals later in 1969, when he exhibited twelve living horses, as if they were cars, in the Galleria l'Attico's new location in an old garage in Via Beccaria. Gradually, Kounellis introduced new materials, such as propane torches, smoke, coal, meat, ground coffee, lead, and found wooden objects...
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1960s Arte Povera Jannis Kounellis Art

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Lithograph

Photo Lithograph Jannis Kounellis Arte Povera Italian Avant Garde Etching
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Surfside, FL
'Lo faro il litterato tutta la vita' Photo Lithography on rag paper hand signed lower right in pencil: Kounellis numbered 37/90. Provenance: The Collection of Ileana Sonnabend (Mrs Leo Castelli) & the Estate of Nina Castelli Sundell I have seen this piece identified as being 1969 and I have seen it as 1972. Jannis Kounellis (Greek: Γιάννης Κουνέλλης; 23 March 1936 – 16 February 2017) was a Greek Italian contemporary artist based in Rome. A key figure associated with Arte Povera, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. Kounellis was born in Piraeus, Greece in 1936. He lived in Greece during the Second World War and Greek Civil War before he moved to Rome in 1956. From 1960 to 1966, Kounellis went through a period of only exhibiting paintings. In some of his first exhibitions, Kounellis began stenciling numbers, letters, and words onto his canvases, often reflecting advertisements and signs seen on the street. In 1960 he began to introduce found sculptural objects such as actual street signs into his work, exhibiting at Galleria La Tartaruga. This same year he donned one of his stencil paintings as a garment and created a performance in his studio to demonstrate himself literally becoming one with his painting. This newfound convergence of painting, sculpture, and performance was Kounellis' way out of traditional art. By 1961 he began to paint on newspaper to reflect his feelings towards modern society and politics. From 1963, Kounellis introduced found objects in his artworks, among them live animals but also fire, earth, burlap sacks, and gold. He replaced the canvas with bed frames, doorways, windows or simply the gallery itself. Kounellis' work from the 1980s, which also consisted of sculptures and performances using unusual materials, traveled all over Europe. In 1974, he performed with Edward Kienholz, Wolf Vostell and other artists in Berlin at the ADA – Aktionen der Avantgarde. His work has become integral to numerous renowned, international museums' collections. In 1967, Kounellis became associated with Arte Povera, a movement theorized by curator Germano Celant as a major shift from work on flat surfaces to installations. Kounellis participated in the exhibition 'Arte Povera – e IM Spazio' at the La Bertesca Gallery in Genoa curated by Celant, Arte povera means literally ‘poor art’ but the word poor here refers to the movement’s signature exploration of a wide range of materials beyond the traditional ones of oil paint on canvas, bronze, or carved marble. Materials used by the artists included soil, rags and twigs. Leading artists were Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Piero Gilardi, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio. They worked in many different ways. They worked in painting, sculpture and photography and made performances and installations, creating works of large physical presence as well as small-scale gestures. To solidify the movement, Celant curated yet another group show, 'Arte Povera', which was exhibited at the De' Foscherari gallery in Bologna in 1968 with similar artists. In the same year Kounellis exhibited 'Senza titolo (Untitled)', which consisted of raw wool, rope and a wooden structure all leaning against a wall. Finally, Kounellis was also included in 'RA3 Arte Povera + Azioni povere' which was organized by Marcello Rumma and curated by Celant. In 1967, Kounellis installed "live birds in cages along with rose-shaped, cloth cut-outs pinned to canvas" alongside his painting. Through this shift in his work, "Kounellis was more interested in anarchical freedom from linguistic norms and conventional materials. The space of the gallery and the exhibition site in general were transformed into a stage where real life and fiction could join in a suspension of disbelief." The viewers became part of the scene of these living natural sources of energy within the gallery space. He continued his involvement with live animals later in 1969, when he exhibited twelve living horses, as if they were cars, in the Galleria l'Attico's new location in an old garage in Via Beccaria. Gradually, Kounellis introduced new materials, such as propane torches, smoke, coal, meat, ground coffee, lead, and found wooden objects into his installations. He also looked beyond the gallery environment to historical (mostly industrial) sites. In 1997, Kounellis installed thirteen wardrobes and two doors that were sealed in lead along a scaffolding ledge that blocked the entry to a central hall. In 1968, in an interview by Marisa Volpi, Kounellis stated that incidental adjustments are certain as aspects that can indicate the human liberty of life. Selected Solo Exhibitions 1960: La Tartaruga gallery, Rome 1969: Attico Gallery, Rome 1981: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 1982: Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1988: Castle of Rivoli, Turin 1996: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 2005: Albertina, Vienna 2007: Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin 2007: Kounellis - Jaffa Port...
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1960s Arte Povera Jannis Kounellis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled - Fabbrica - Original Mixed Media by Jannis Kounellis - 2002
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled - Fabbrica is an original artwork realized by the Greek-Italian contemporary artist Jannis Kounellis (1936-2017), the major exponent of the Italian art movement Arte Povera,...
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Early 2000s Arte Povera Jannis Kounellis Art

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Mixed Media

Kounellis' Performance - 1970s - Jannis Kounellis - Photo - Contemporary
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
Kounellis' Performance is a B/W Photo-postcard, with a caption in Italian "Galleria La Salita, Roma 16 marzo 1973 / Gianni Kounellis". In excellent conditions: as good as new. In March 1973, Jannis Kounellis exhibited at La Salita Gallery in Rome, Gian Tomaso Liverani's exhibition space: behind a table, on which fragments of an ancient...
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1970s Contemporary Jannis Kounellis Art

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Photographic Paper

Untitled
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed. Edition of 90 prints.
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20th Century Arte Povera Jannis Kounellis Art

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Mixed Media

Untitled
Untitled
H 27.56 in W 19.69 in
Never Ending Spiral - Original Lithograph by Yannis Kounellis - 2008
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed lithograph, 2008. This work by Jannis Kounellis -a key figure associated with Arte Povera- is from the portfolio The Unique Collection for the Olympic Fine Arts 2008 pre...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Jannis Kounellis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Jannis Kounellis
Located in Houston, TX
Jannis Kounellis Untitled, 1979 Photo-etching and aquatint 45 x 36 ed. 21
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