Boetti’s work is multifaceted and interdisciplinary and both exhibitions highlight how he was able to craft his profound conceptual art into beautiful and accessible works.
At the Fowler Museum, Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan People, visitors can see Boetti’s embroideries, designed by the artist but stitched by Afghan women first in Afghanistan and later in Peshawar, Pakistan. Boetti considered art an inseparable mix of individual and social effort. See the results when an Italian artist’s vision is conceived in Rome and brought to life by a community of women thousands of miles away. And, get a very personal glimpse of that community of women, and the artist they never met, through the beautiful photographs of Randi Malkin Steinberger, Fondazione Azzurra Board Member. Also included in the exhibition is a selection of traditional Afghan Embroideries.
At the IIC, you will see Open Book – Accanto al Pantheon: Randi Malkin Steinberger’s Snapshots of Alighiero Boetti’s Studio. Steinberger spent a six-month period photographing the artist and his studio in Rome. In 1989, together they produced the book Accanto al Pantheon. This show features the photos from this book and excerpts from the texts.
See what they are saying here:
LA Times – Art review: ‘Alighieri Boetti by Afghan Women’ at UCLA Fowler Museum
LA Times – Conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti back in the public ey
Don’t miss the chance to connect with Boetti in LA!
These two unique exhibits and a stunning companion book document the power of art to connect people across continents, cultures, and time.
Now, for a limited time, Fondazione Azzurra friends and members can purchase Boetti by Afghan People: Peshawar, Pakistan, 1990, the full-color illustrated book of photographs documenting the women who embroidered some of Boetti’s most iconic works at a discounted price of $40, with all proceeds supporting the Fondazione Azzurra.
Take advantage of this great opportunity to own the book and help support the programs of the Fondazione Azzurra.
All photographs ©RMS Photo: Randi Malkin Steinberger