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Not Manzoni (Impronte, 1960) - Mike Bidlo prints

Not Manzoni (Impronte, 1960)

By Mike Bidlo

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Not Manzoni (Impronte, 1960) - Mike Bidlo print

Mike Bidlo

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Date: 2015

Medium: lithograph

Edition size: 60

Sheet size: 20 x 14 inches

Condition: pristine

Signature: signed

Price: $1800 (excl. taxes)


Mike Bidlo (American, b. 1953)
Not Manzoni (Impronte,1960)
Offset lithograph
20 x 14 inches
Edition of 60
Hand signed and numbered by the artist

In the present work, Mike Bidlo has looked to the Italian conceptual artist Piero Manzoni (1933-1963) and his 1962 print portfolio, 8 Tavole di accertamento (8 Tables of assessment), as a source of inspiration. Bidlo has taken the concept of appropriation and has added a twist, for what clearly appears to be Manzoni’s fingerprints, are in actuality Mike Bidlo’s own fingerprints. As opposed to Bidlo appropriating Manzoni’s fingerprints, Bidlo has appropriated Manzoni’s concept (and format), thus begging the question: Is the observer simply viewing the work, taking for granted they are Manzoni’s fingerprints appropriated by Bidlo, or is the viewer actually looking at it? For Manzoni, the fingerprint was the most minimal physical trace of the artist imaginable – one that symbolized the unmistakable identity of the individual and the artist. Mike Bidlo has borrowed Manzoni’s concept of raising his fingerprint image to the level of art through the printing process but by utilizing his own fingerprints in the same format, Bidlo has wryly made it his own artistic postulation.

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