Michelangelo Pistoletto «Ball of Newspapers-Globe» (Palla di Giornali-Mappamondo) 1966-68.
Ball of Newspapers-Globe (Palla di Giornali-Mappamondo), 1966-68
Compressed newspaper and iron, 70 7/8 x 70 7/8 x 70 7/8".
Pistoletto's employment of everyday materials - as in the Venere degli stracci (Venus of the Rags) of 1967, a copy of a classical sculpture of Venus set against a huge mound of old clothes and fabrics—aligned him with Arte Povera. Since 1967, when the term Arte Povera was coined, Pistoletto's work has been included in gallery and museum exhibitions devoted to that trend. He withdrew his work from the 1968 Venice Biennale in response to student demonstrations at the event, which were among the countless protests that took place across Italy that volatile year.