View of “Enzo Mari,” 2015–16. Photo:

Enzo Mari

Galleria Massimo Minini

View of “Enzo Mari,” 2015–16. Photo:

It is almost impossible to write about Enzo Mari the artist without writing about Enzo Mari the person—not just because of his eccentric character, but also because of his commitment to a methodology and because of the deeply political nature of his analytical, transformative, and redemptive work in art and design. For more than half a century, Mari has been working on a holistic design concept that incorporates every aspect of human experience: a project he calls a “system of creation.” Mari studied classics and literature at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan from 1952 to 1956. Over the course of his career he has explored Concrete art, design methodologies, and perceptual structures, and has continually taken on a diverse range of research endeavors in the sciences, mathematics, and literature. He has constructed a taxonomy of his output, classifying each work

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