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Arte Debole

Queens College Art Center

Arte Debole, which means “weak art,” originated in northern Italy in 1986, when artists from Turin and Milan began to draw inspiration from the contemporary intellectual movement “pensiero debole” (weak thought). An Italian variant of post-Modernism primarily associated with the writings of Gianni Vattimo, “pensiero debole” proposes weak or non-foundational thinking as a radical alternative to the structured, foundational thought that characterizes modern metaphysics. In art, this recipe constitutes yet another counter to the hegemony of Modernism, in which expressivity is replaced by rhetorical play, depth of meaning rejected in favor of calculated superficiality, and formal resolution superseded by infinite incongruity.

Although the four official members of Arte Debole vary in the ways in which they actualize “pensiero debole,” they share a recognizable sensibility. All make assemblages

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