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After Piero Manzoni

Merda d’Artiste (Artist's Shit), 2013

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Lot 47
Tin can with paper label
2.4 x 3.0 in (6.1 x 7.6 cm)
Edition of 9000
Printed signature and number on top of can


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The present lot is descriptive of Manzoni’s ironic and perverse style. Calling into play his specific dialogue with the relationship between art production and human production, the current lot is a reproduction of the artist's seminal work, 'Merda d’Artista' (1961), in which Manzoni packaged multiple 30mg tins of his excrement as if it was manufactured for sale.

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About After Piero Manzoni

Piero Manzoni (Italian, 1933-1963) was closely associated with the avant-garde art movement of the mid-twentieth century. It has been claimed that his ironic approach to art influenced a number of younger Italian artists associated with “Arte Povera,” a radical practice stemming from the political upheaval that plagued 1960s Italy. Piero Manzoni’s works are often constituted by their radical gestures and ironic tone. In particular, these works have inspired a critical dialogue of the art system and the representation of the artist within it.