Vincenzo Trione
L'opera interminabile (The Endless Work)
Einaudi, November 2019, 588 pages

Foreign rights Einaudi: Valeria Zito, valeria.zito@einaudi.it

The first, surprising, and essential canon on art in the new Millennium.

Artists like Kiefer and Hirst. Authors with a deep visual vocation, like Pamuk and Balestrini. Filmmakers like Greenaway and Inarritu. These are just a few of the protagonists of this fundamental canon of art in the 21st century, which also lets readers lacking specialisms (but who crowd exhibits and museums) to navigate contemporary art in a new, winning way.

The artists of this new century consider their own works like cosmologies, monumental works-worlds, plural, ambitious, impossible to transfer or set up anew. Open, mobile, and ubiquitous territories, within which non-contiguous practices and languages – painting, sculpture, film, video, literature – encounter one another and reconfigure themselves, losing their own original identity. In the book, like a puzzle, each work is a self-standing tessera whose mysteries are revealed through images, projects, and sketches. Because art is first understood with the eyes, and this is a book to read and look at. And, like a puzzle, in the end the tesserae come together, showing the ambitious design they compose: reclaiming and relaunching the Renaissance and Romantic utopia of the total work of art.

Vincenzo Trione

Vincenzo Trione is a professor of Arts & Media and of History of Contemporary Art at IULM University in Milan, where he is the head of the department of Arts, Tourism and Markets and the coordinator of the PhD in Visual and Media Studies. He contributes to the Corriere della Sera and he is a member of the scientific committee for the Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani and for Madre Museum in Naples. He has been the curator of many relevant exhibition, including the 56th edition of La Biennale di Venezia (Visual Arts, 2015).
His publications include many essays about the avantgardes. He is the author of Il poeta e le arti. Apollinaire e il tempo delle avanguardie (1999), Dentro le cose. Ardengo Soffici critico d’arte (2001), Atlanti metafisici. Giorgio de Chirico: arte, architettura, critica (2005), Le città del silenzio. Giorgio de Chirico: architettura, memoria, profezia, (2009), Effetto città. Arte cinema modernità (2014, Premio Roma, Premio-giuria Viareggio), Contro le mostre (2017, con Tomaso Montanari), L’opera interminabile (2019). Among the books he has curated: Napoli assediata (with Giuseppe Montesano); Alberto Savinio, La nascita di Venere. Scritti sull’arte (2007); Mimmo Rotella, Anni di piombo (2012); Arte in tv. Forme di divulgazione (2014, with Aldo Grasso); Il cinema degli architetti (2014); Roberto Longhi, Boccioni e il futurismo (2016).

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