The Headtail. The Tail of Arte Povera
Michelangelo Pistoletto
1980 - iron, rags, wood, canvases

The artwork, composed of salvaged materials, is composed of four distinct parts: a large sphere of broken canvases with a scythe on top, a battering ram, a stable trough, and a large "tail" of colorful rags, with an iron crest, which in fact resembles a head more than a tail. The tail, resembling a body made of rags with a raised head, is a proclamation of Arte Povera's challenge to those who had predicted that this was the beginning of the end of the movement.

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