Arte Povera Art Analysis

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uerrilla War” (1967) as well as briefly discussing the political and social situations in Italy at the time of the foundation of the movement. The outlining of these principles and historical contexts will set a framework for the discussion of the placement of Arte Povera art in its contemporary setting to be addressed in chapter 3. A comparative discussion regarding 1970s American Art movements that coincided with Arte Povera movement, will also be included. Paying particular attention to each movement's approach to making art and the social and political contexts of the environments in which they took place. The Final Chapter will examine the current situation of Arte Povera art through its display in commercial galleries and its stance…show more content…
In order to understand the relationship between these two concepts it is important to remove from our minds the misconception that price is the same as labour time. Marx did not think that every product of labour is imbued with a price tag equal to the cost of that labour, Marx’s interest lay in the phenomenon that labor sometimes produces a commodity worth nothing of value, while at the same time has the potential to produce something capable of selling at its equal value. In other cases a commodity may be produced that can be sold for more than its value. Diedrich Diedrichsen wrote, “Price is not value, on the contrary, it is the false semblance of value” (2008, p 33). With this in mind The more appropriate way of appraising art objects from a Marxist perspective would be to take the necessary time spent in training and the other activities involved with becoming an artist into account and to include that time in the calculation of socially necessary labor as well, for example, an artwork does not simply manifest as a final object automatically. Usually a significant amount of time is included in the process of thinking about and developing the concept behind its existence, through research and real life experience. For example, if a 34 year old artist produces an artwork from marble, generally a high costing material, and the labor time spent on the process of sculpting may have taken several hours to complete and several years to develop the skills necessary for this. However in order to calculate the final value of the artwork, it makes sense to include the time spent developing the concept behind the object and the skills needed to complete the object into account, which may have taken several years. This time in itself could be regarded as labor time and therefore the socially necessary labor would increase
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