The first international monograph about Emilio Scanavino after his death, this book focuses on the wide breadth of his creative output, which began immediately after World War II and continued until the 1980s. He was one of the pioneers and protagonists of an innovative poetics of the sign, situating his practice between the Informel and Spazialismo movements and a new concept of the void. Scanavino s art is characterized by a distinctive human quality: the gesture is the focus, and the intention is to penetrate the meaning of reality. He aimed to overcome the traditional notion of abstraction as lyrical, surreal, or constructive, whilst incorporating it into a new relationship of the image with reality.
Francesca Pola is a historian and critic of contemporary art as well as an independent curator and art journalist. Her contributions to historical-critical study and analysis have always had the aim of creating a bridge between the different periods of contemporary and present-day art.