Boetti, Alghiero
Born 1940 in Turin, Italy
Died 1994 in Rome, Italy
Known for his conceptual and globally-oriented works, Alighiero Boetti was a key member of the Italian Arte Povera movement during the later 1960s. Later in his career, Boetti worked widely in the Middle East and in Africa. Boetti was an early and avid admirer of Bouabré. The two artists initially became correspondents and later friends and collaborators. Boetti wrote the following regarding Bouabré's art: ‘An essential language is spoken there and it speaks of everything...a deck of cards for describing the world and for communicating with it’. In 1997, Dia:Chelsea, New York hosted a landmark exhibition of works by Bouabré and Boetti, Worlds Envisioned, that was organized jointly by the two artists. Worlds Envisioned was the sole exhibition of Bouabré’s work mounted in the US during his lifetime. The exhibition included works produced by Boetti in Côte d’Ivoire shortly before his death at age 54, and aptly portrayed the remarkable affinities between the artists’ shared interest in linguistic systems, taxonomies of knowledge and logical intricacies.
Alighiero Boetti, Udire tra le Parole (Listening Between Words), 1977, Embroidery, 30 x 30 cm, 11 x 11 in. Courtesy Burning in Water