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09:40 Nov 1, 2007
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Italian to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting / found in a Contemeporary Art catalogue
Italian term or phrase: Polimaterismo
Here's an extract whre the term appears:

Indubbiamente futurismo e polimaterismo, insieme al retaggio della grande pittura umbra del ‘400-500 appaiono elementi referenziali della grande scoperta del Burri dei ‘catrami’ (1948) e dei ‘sacchi’ (1949)

Does English ahve an exact equivalent? When searching the Internet for an English translations I found Britich and/or American websites where the term was left in Italian
Local time: 09:29

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4 +1mixed media art
Umberto Cassano

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mixed media art


While each medium is versatile in the hands of a talented artist, adding additional media can result in an artwork full of texture and visually exciting elements. While some mixed media artists might use a modest combination of oil and acrylic, printmaking and collage, or drawing and photography, others take the technique a step further, embedding found objects in to the surface of an artwork, adding sculptural dimensions to a previously two-dimensional artwork. Sometimes the mixed media are noticeably pronounced, while in other artworks they might appear completely blended together at first glance.

Mixing media offers artists endless possibilities for creative expression.


On his return to Italy in 1946, Burri continued painting, leaning more and more towards abstraction. Indeed, by the late 1940s, Burri was using tar, sand and collage elements in his abstract compositions, prefiguring his celebrated Sacchi. Like the Informel movement, Burri was increasingly interested in materiality. The materials that came to comprise Burri's artistic arsenal included plastic, metal, wood, gold, and of course sackcloth.


Many interesting effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Often, found objects are used in conjunction with traditional artist mediums, such as paints and graphite, to express a meaning in the everyday life. In this manner, many different elements of art become more flexible than with traditional artist mediums.


Art Informel

“Unformed” art; Europe, 1950s
In 1952 French writer Michel Tapié authored the book Un Art autre (Art of Another Kind) and organized an exhibition of the same name, which included paintings by Karel Appel, Camille Bryen, ***Alberto Burri***, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Ruth Francken, Willem de Kooning, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Wols, among other artists. Tapié was trying to define a tendency in postwar European painting that he saw as a radical break with all traditional notions of order and composition—including those of Modernism—in a movement toward something wholly “other.” He used the term Art Informel (from the French informe, meaning unformed or formless) to refer to the antigeometric, antinaturalistic, and nonfigurative formal preoccupations of these artists, stressing their pursuit of spontaneity, looseness of form, and the irrational.

Art Informel tends toward the gestural and expressive, with repetitive calligraphic marks and anticompositional formats related to Abstract Expressionism [more], which is often considered its American equivalent. It eventually took root in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain, and was known in its various manifestations as Gesture Painting, Lyrical Abstraction, ***Matter art***, and Tachisme (from the French tache, meaning a spot or stain). Artists who became associated with Art Informel include Enrico Donati, Lucio Fontana, Asger Jorn, Emil Schumacher, Kazuo Shiraga, Antoni Tàpies, and Jiro Yoshihara.


Practitioners of Informal art included painters like Soulages, Hartung, Dubuffet, Wols, Michaux and Mathieu. They were frowned upon by the French Establishment. Informal painting shares much with the "Matter" tendency pioneered by Alberto Burri and Antoni Tàpies in focusing on the physical materials used and the process by which they are applied. The content of the work tends to emerge only as the artist applies his or her pigments or other substances.



Note added at 2 hrs (2007-11-01 11:47:27 GMT)

On second thougths you'd better LEAVE IN ITALIAN AND EXPLAIN !

Polimaterismo (assemblage of non-art objects using a mixed media technique)


Umberto Cassano
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Native speaker of: Italian
PRO pts in category: 52

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agree  missdutch: coltissimo ed efficiente come sempre!
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  -> ma perchè devi farmi arrossire ? Mannaggia !! Grazie :-)
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