Arte Povera Aside from the intellectual stance of the movement, Arte Povera is basically the legitimate justification for creating art of junk and found objects. Arte Povera was a term coined by the Italian art critic Germano Celant. He used the word to sum up a type of art which combined elements of conceptual art, minimal art and performance art. He conceived the idea of the art movement in reaction to the ever increasing commercialism within the art world. The artists embrace the ideas of using valueless materials such as earth, gravel, rocks or litter in order to create works of art. See also junk art or objet trouvé. Artists associated with the movement are Allighiero Boetti, Luciano Fabro, Gilberto Zorio, Pino Pascali, Emilio Prini and Michelangelo Pistoletto.