This is the first comprehensive monograph on the work of Italian artist Massimo Grimaldi.
“In the space of just over a decade, Massimo Grimaldi has developed an artistic practice that seems based on an apparent contradiction: producing art as a way of saying that, in the end, art is a trivial matter, and its role in the real world is superfluous. On more than one occasion–above all, through his text-based works–Grimaldi has presented an image of art as a self-serving activity that springs from the desire to “be” and is fuelled by the ambition to “endure”. As he sees it, art boils down to a need to assert one’s own existence, and the constant alternation of forms and styles has become its only weapon for survival in the contemporary arena. What’s more, the worldview of art seems oblivious of its most probable fate: fading away with the passage of time. (…) All of Massimo Grimaldi’s work highlights and exacerbates the limits and contradictions of what he appears to negate, but is actually pleading for in melancholy tones: to rediscover the blurred point at which realism encounters empathy, the moment when art, representation, solitude and the desire to touch others finally merge together. A point, place, and time that to Grimaldi seem impossible to reach, and are thus portrayed as an ever-shifting mirage.” (Alessandro Rabottini)