The Info List - León Ferrari

León Ferrari
León Ferrari
(September 3, 1920 – July 25, 2013) was a contemporary conceptual artist known for his protest art. Biography[edit] Ferrari was born in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
to Susana Celia del Pardo and Augusto César Ferrari; his father was a well-known painter from San Possidonio, Italy. The younger Ferrari went on to employ methods such as collage, photocopying and sculpture in wood, plaster or ceramics. He often used text, particularly newspaper clippings or poetry, in his pieces. His art often dealt with the subject of power and religion; images or statues of the saints, the Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary
or Jesus
may be found in cages, sinks, meat blenders or frying pans. He has also dealt with issues of United States foreign policy; in his best-known work, La civilización occidental y cristiana ("Western-Christian Civilization", 1965), Christ appears crucified on a fighter plane, as a symbolic protest against the Vietnam War
Vietnam War
([1]). Ferrari also wrote many articles for left-leaning newspaper Página 12. His work and his politics brought him much controversy and notoriety. He was forced into exile in São Paulo, Brazil
from 1976 to 1991 following threats by the military dictatorship, which "disappeared" his son Ariel in 1977. He returned to Argentina
in 1991.[1] His work was again the subject of controversy when in 2004, a retrospective of his works at the Palais de Glace
Palais de Glace
exhibition hall in Recoleta, Buenos Aires, was forced to close following intervention by Pope Francis
Pope Francis
(then Archbishop of Buenos Aires) and a subsequent court order. Protests and government action allowed the exhibition to reopen.[1] In 2009 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
New York City
featured his work in a major exhibition with artist Mira Schendel
Mira Schendel
called Tangled Alphabets.[2] His work was also exhibited at the Rencontres d'Arles Festival, in Arles, France. He earned among many other awards and recognitions the São Paulo Association of Art Critics Award for Best Art Exhibition of 1983, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995, the Leone D'Oro at the Venice Biennale in 2007, and in 2012 Konex Foundation in Argentina
granted him the Diamond Konex Award for Visual Arts as the most important artist in the last decade in his country. Ferrari died on July 25, 2013 at the age of 92; he was buried at La Chacarita Cemetery.[3] References[edit]

^ a b "León Ferrari, el artista argentino que enojó al papa Francisco". BBC News. 25 July 2013.  ^ Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari
León Ferrari
and Mira Schendel
Mira Schendel
at MoMA ^ "Argentine artist León Ferrari
León Ferrari
dies". Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Herald. 25 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Official website

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 3969068 LCCN: n86832881 ISNI: 0000 0000 7827 2402 GND: 13087163X SUDOC: 085635766 BNF: cb16163753n (data) BIBSYS: 9055699 ULAN: 500124517 RKD: 325552 SNAC: w6z03bxw PIC: 31671

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