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Luca Pietro Nicoletti

[...] vivere vivo come può chi serve
fedele poi che non ha scelta. Tutto,
anche la cupa eternità animale
che geme in noi può farsi santa. Basta
poco, quel poco taglia come spada.

M. Luzi

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Luca Pietro Nicoletti

Storia dell’arte contemporanea (L-ART/03)


Luca Pietro Nicoletti

Storia dell’arte contemporanea (L-ART/03)


nicoletti-ritratto.png

[...] vivere vivo come può chi serve
fedele poi che non ha scelta. Tutto,
anche la cupa eternità animale
che geme in noi può farsi santa. Basta
poco, quel poco taglia come spada.

M. Luzi

I studied History of Art at the University of Milan – where I graduated in 2009 (supervisor: Paolo Rusconi) and obtained my Ph.D. (supervisor: Antonello Negri) – and at the University of Udine, where I got a specialization in Artistic and Historical Heritage in 2016 (supervisor: Alessandro Del Puppo).

From 2011 I was fortunate enough to start a close collaboration with Enrico Crispolti (Rome 1933–2018): even though I was no direct student of him, this was one of the crucial meetings of my life. Among various things, I participated with him to the realisation of the exhibition Valeriano Trubbiani. De Rerum fabula (Ancona 2012) and edited the collection of his writings, Burri "esistenziale" (Macerata 2015).

Between 2006 and 2008 I was involved in the realization of the volume Altri quaranta dipinti antichi della collezione Saibene, edited by Giovanni Agosti (Valdonega 2008). Between the end of 2015 and the summer of 2017 I became a scholarship holder at the Istituto di Storia dell'Arte of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice: during this period I could collaborate in the exhibition Tancredi. Una retrospettiva, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero.

I deal primarily in visual arts during the second half of the 21st century, with particular interest in the artistic exchanges between Italy and France, the relations with the contemporary militant critics and especially the new generation of the second post-war period, between Arte Informale and New Figuration. This led me to develop a wide interest in the relations between Art and Publishing, in constructing an "editorial" history of Art History, from analysing the figures of genuine art publishers to studying those of art historians in the role of editorial consultants. I dedicated two monographs to these themes: Gualtieri di San Lazzaro (Macerata 2014) and Argan e l'Einaudi (Macerata 2018).

My love for books and publishing inspired me to project (for Quodlibet) the series "Biblioteca Passaré. Studi di arte contemporanea e arti primarie", which I am directing since 2015. The series, promoted by homonymous foundation of Milan, aims at promoting research by young scholars (mostly researchers my age), as well as re-editions of texts and sources relating to contemporary art.

At the same time, besides research, I kept curating exhibitions; among those, I would especially like to mention Carlo Ramous. Scultura architettura città (Milan, Triennale 2017; with Fulvio Irace); Emilio Vedova. Solo (Florence, Museo Novecento 2018); Mirko. Solo (Florence, Museo Novecento 2019, with Lorenzo Fiorucci); Mario Negri scultore a Milano (Milan, Villa Necchi Campiglio 2019).
I also write for " Alias-Domenica", " Titolo", " Biblioteca di via Senato".

I am currently working to the edition of a monographic dictionary of the works of Lucio Fontana, and since 2017 I am in charge of the writing of the catalogue raisonné of the paintings and sculptures of Piero Dorazio, a project of Enrico Crispolti, curated by Francesco Tedeschi.

Publications

Enrico Crispolti, Burri “esistenziale”

a cura di L.P. Nicoletti, Macerata 2015

Carlo Ramous. Scultura architettura città, catalogo della mostra (Milano, Triennale, 11 luglio-17 settembre 2017)

a cura di F. Irace, L. P. Nicoletti, con G. Avon, C. Bassi, G. Calvenzi, C. De Albertis, W. Patscheider, A. Ranaldi, F. Tedeschi, Cinisello Balsamo 2017

Mario Negri scultore a Milano, (Milano, Villa Necchi Campiglio, 28 ottobre 2019–6 gennaio 2020)

a cura di L. P. Nicoletti, Skira, Milano 2019