Io sono Salvo (English Edition)


Io sono Salvo is a monograph conceived as a self-portrait: a story of the artist’s practice through his works and words. A collection of writings, including the treatise On Painting, unpublished texts, and various interviews given over the years, complements a vast selection of his works, presented in chronological sequence. 

Born in Leonforte, in Sicily, Salvo moves to Turin in 1956, where he starts carrying out a conceptual research, first akin to that of Arte Povera and of artists such as Sol LeWitt, Robert Barry and Joseph Kosuth, with whom he comes into contact. 1973 was the year of his “return to painting”, a language he had practiced in the very first years of his training and that, at the beginning of the 1970s, was to be considered unconventional.

Salvo does not conceive painting in contrast to the language of conceptual art, and through a fifty-year career, he is able to carry on a personal research, in constant dialogue with the past.

This autobiographical account is introduced by two critical texts who take a new look at Salvo’s work.

Bob Nickas’ essay delves into the artist’s research through the analysis of the treatise On Painting. Elena Volpato’s essay rereads Salvo’s entire career from the experience of Projekt ’74, in Cologne, to emphasize the intellectual and conceptual nature of all his subsequent pictorial production.

In the appendices, a chronology edited by Sara De Chiara reconstructs Salvo’s life through the history of his exhibitions, complemented by a vast visual section of archive materials, i.e. photographs and documents.

The monograph, published by NERO Editions, was realized thanks to the support of the Italian Council (10th edition, 2021), a programme for the international promotion of Italian art of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.

  • 21 x 28 cm
  • 680
  • EN
  • 2023
  • 978-88-8056-213-9