Marisa Merz : The Sky is a Great Space - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Hammer Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Marisa Merz : The Sky is a Great Space

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'a revelatory retrospective that’s at once intimate and spectacular, culled from five decades’ worth of toil' - The FT

A handsome book bringing together five decades of painting, sculpture, and installations from the celebrated Italian artist Marisa Merz

This generously illustrated book offers readers the chance to appreciate the full range of works by painter, sculptor and installation artist,  Marisa Merz (born Turin, Italy, 1926). This volume traces Merz's artistic evolution from early experiments with non-traditional materials and processes to her intricately constructed installations of the 1970s and her enigmatic ceramic heads of the 1980s and '90s. Authoritative essays explore the rise of international women's art and Merz's own place in Italy's postwar art history.

As the sole female protagonist of Arte Povera, she is one of few Italian women to exhibit in major venues internationally. However, Merz's challenging and evocative body of work is deeply personal and resistant to the categories of art history. Previously unpublished texts and poetry by the artist, and an illustrated chronology, complement this comprehensive look at an enormously influential artist.

The exhibition is organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The exhibition and publication were developed in close collaboration with Fondazione Merz, Turin.

  • Author: Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 319 pages | 300 illustrations
  • Date published:  December 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791355672
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.9