on september 11, 2004 at the biennale in venice
friends of pierre restany (among them stefano casciani,
alessandro mendini and lisa licitra ponti) presented a book on
the art critic, artist and writer who from the sixties was much
more than a distinguished and passionate collaborator for
the italian magazine domus.
for more than 40 years he helped shape its view of the world.
see the article homage to pierre restany, critic of the modern age http://www.domusweb.it
this volume, edited by domus, and edited by stefano casciani
remembers the famous intellectual and one of the magazines
the book contains an anthology of his writings, exclusive images
from the domus archives as well as contributions from artists,
architects and designers who bear witness to restanys teaching
casciani said it should help to retrace his countless activities
as a writer and organiser, both as ideologue and activist,
of artistic movements, and to understand his personal and
--- pierre restany
was born in 1930.
after a childhood spent in morocco, he pursued his university
studies in france, italy and ireland. restany was a passionate
and enormously influential critic and curator. from 1985, he
directed the quarterly magazine d'ars. author of countless
publications, including the first monograph on yves Klein,
he was also involved with many important art institutions.
he served as president of the palais de tokyo, paris's radical
centre for the contemporary arts, he was jury president for
UNESCO, president of the artistic committee for
open - the annual exhibition of contemporary sculpture
held at the venice lido and was on the committee of a number
of art biennales, including venice (1999), shanghai (2000).
havana (2000) and istanbul (2001).
pierre restany died in may 2003 in paris aged 72.
pierre restany - the critic that was an artist
editoriale domus, 2003
available through the domus website http://www.domusweb.it