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Vincenzo Agnetti, Dimenticato a memoria (Forgotten by Heart), 1972, felt, acrylic, 47 1/4 × 31 1/2".

Vincenzo Agnetti

Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti

Vincenzo Agnetti, Dimenticato a memoria (Forgotten by Heart), 1972, felt, acrylic, 47 1/4 × 31 1/2".

Vincenzo Agnetti (1926–1981) rigorously explored the genesis of artistic ideas through a polyvalent practice based on a critique of language. His investigations spanned a broad range of mediums and materials: from his early work in the orbit of art informel to his collaboration with Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni on Azimuth magazine in 1959, from the abandonment of painting to his decision to explore the dimension of travel—in Argentina, where he worked in the field of electronic automation, as well as in Australia, Scandinavia, and Saudi Arabia—and the writing of the travel logs he called Assenze (Absences), 1963–67. Agnetti’s writings range from conceptual critiques to reflections on the man-machine relationship. Painting, carving, and cutting words out in different materials, from felt to Bakelite to photographic paper, he explored the subversion of meaning and

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