The Easel

‘A giant of Italian art’ – on Germano Celant (1940–2020)

In 1967 the 27-year-old Celant coined the phrase arte povera, literally impoverished art. The strident justification he provided, and the supportive response of Italian artists, created a movement that drew international attention. An influential international career followed as a curator and art historian though the themes of arte povera were never far from Celant’s mind. Says this writer “a giant of Italian art.”