Category: pittura

23
Giu

Alan Charlton. Il respiro del limite

La galleria A arte Invernizzi inaugura mercoledì 1 luglio 2020 dalle ore 15 alle ore 20 Alan Charlton. Il respiro del limite il primo appuntamento del ciclo di mostre In Divenire. Idea e immagine nella contemporaneità.

Come possiamo leggere e definire il progetto di un’opera, l’idea di un’immagine, oggi, nella dimensione “aumentata” del nostro agire quotidiano ed operare creativo? Esiste un’autonomia e una significazione del progetto, nell’immersività partecipata e distratta dell’era post-digitale? Come possiamo ripensare e ridefinire questa relazione alla luce delle inedite coordinate di spaziotempo ed esperienza che viviamo nell’oggi? In questa dimensione “espansa” dei sensi e della mente, quale significato assume il “progettare” quelle presenze di scarto, di interrogazione, di soglia su un altrove che sono le opere d’arte? Con queste esposizioni si cercherà di indagare il rapporto tra progetto e opera in chiave inedita e attualizzante: mostrando sia la specificità individuale, storica, contestuale delle scelte dei singoli artisti, sia l’attualità che il loro procedere creativo oggi rappresenta. In divenire appunto, tra ciò che è stato e ciò che sarà: in divenire, tra idea e immagine.
In questa occasione verrà presentata, nella sala al piano superiore, Pyramid Grid Painting (2011) opera emblematica per comprendere la relazione che nel lavoro di Alan Charlton si articola tra idea e immagine: il lavoro, costituito da undici tele monocrome grigie della medesima tonalità e disposte a costituire una piramide rovesciata, è infatti preceduto da un progetto a collage, nel quale proporzionalità e cromie si riconoscono analoghe, ma il cui risultato fenomenico ed esperienziale risulta di natura completamente differente. In una conversazione di alcuni anni fa, proprio a una domanda sul ruolo del progetto nel suo lavoro, Charlton mi rispondeva con la consueta naturalezza densa di pensiero: “Fare il disegno è una cosa, ma poi, quando lo realizzi, diventa un’opera completamente differente”. (Francesca Pola)

In occasione di questa inaugurazione sarà possibile visitare anche la mostra in corso Pino Pinelli. Frammentità a cura di Giorgio Verzotti.

IN DIVENIRE
IDEA E IMMAGINE NELLA CONTEMPORANEITÀ 1

ALAN CHARLTON
IL RESPIRO DEL LIMITE

A CURA DI FRANCESCA POLA

INAUGURAZIONE
MERCOLEDÌ 1 LUGLIO 2020
DALLE 15 ALLE 20

INGRESSO CONTINGENTATO NEL RISPETTO DEI PROTOCOLLI DI SICUREZZA
PER IL CONTRASTO E CONTENIMENTO DEL VIRUS COVID-19

LA MOSTRA SI PUÒ VISITARE
DA LUNEDÌ A VENERDÌ 10 – 13 | 14 – 18

A ARTE INVERNIZZI
VIA DOMENICO SCARLATTI 12  20124  MILANO  ITALY
TEL. FAX +39 02 29402855  info@aarteinvernizzi.it

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Giu

FORNASETTI Theatrum Mundi

Centinaia di creazioni dell’atelier fondato da Piero Fornasetti in dialogo con le collezioni della Pilotta per raccontare la classicità attraverso la lente del design contemporaneo.

Il 3 giugno 2020 inaugura Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi, mostra ospitata all’interno del Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta di Parma. L’esposizione sarà aperta al pubblico fino al 14 febbraio 2021 e si colloca all’interno di “Rivitalizzazioni del Contemporaneo”, bando ideato in occasione di Parma 2020+21, Capitale Italiana della Cultura.

La mostra, inaugurata in concomitanza con la riapertura del Complesso della Pilotta dopo il lungo periodo di sospensione dovuto all’emergenza COVID-19, ha generato in questi mesi una particolare aspettativa da parte del pubblico, della stampa e degli appassionati.

L’esposizione è un vero e proprio viaggio stratificato tra classico e moderno, tra passato e presente, la cui curatela è di Barnaba Fornasetti, Direttore Artistico dell’Atelier milanese, di Valeria Manzi, co-curatrice delle attività culturali e Presidente dell’associazione Fornasetti Cult, e del direttore del Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta Simone Verde, con l’intento di rigenerare il patrimonio classico e classicità dell’istituto museale autonomo parmigiano, attraverso la ripresa intellettuale che ne ha fatto uno dei maestri indiscussi del design contemporaneo.

Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi mette in dialogo le architetture e le opere della Pilotta con l’immaginario di Piero e Barnaba Fornasetti, creando un vero e proprio ‘teatro del mondo’: una rete di rimandi iconografici e suggestioni culturali che rivela lo statuto intellettuale degli oggetti esposti e delle immagini in mostra, rendendone visibile lo spessore e regalando universali ed emozionanti implicazioni. Un vero e proprio “Theatrum” nel significato cinquecentesco, dunque, che declina nell’infinita varietà del mondo l’enciclopedica unitarietà del sapere a cui aspirava il classicismo, sia rinascimentale che settecentesco e, grazie alla chiave ludica di Fornasetti, anche contemporaneo.

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Gen

Mario Schifano. Qualcos’altro

Le forme schematiche di Schifano si andavano
sempre più precisando come campo;
le tele orlate da contorni rettangolari, ad angoli smussati,
somigliavano a uno schermo preparato a ricevere,
o ad un video appena acceso, che stia riscaldandosi;
o se si vuole all’inquadratura di un reflex fotografico,
che debba dettagliare una zona di veduta…

(M. Calvesi, cat. mostra Galleria Odyssia, Roma 1963)

La galleria Gió Marconi ha il piacere di presentare la mostra Mario Schifano. Qualcos’altro dedicata ad un nucleo di monocromi compresi tra il 1960 e il 1962, curata da Alberto Salvadori e in collaborazione con l’Archivio Mario Schifano.

L’artista comincia a realizzare questi smalti su carta intelata a partire dal 1959, dopo alcune esperienze informali.
Li presenta per la prima volta a Roma, alla galleria la Salita (1960), nella collettiva 5 pittori cui partecipano Giuseppe Uncini, Tano Festa, Francesco Lo Savio e Franco Angeli, e successivamente, in una personale alla Tartaruga (1961).
In anticipo rispetto ad altri protagonisti della scena romana, Schifano intende con i suoi monocromi non solo azzerare la superficie del quadro, anche come risposta all’informale, ma attribuirle un altro punto di vista, “inquadrarla”, proporre un nuovo modo di vedere e di fare pittura.
Il primo a capire che la superficie dei monocromi è semplicemente uno schermo sarà Maurizio Calvesi che così scrive nel catalogo della mostra alla Galleria Odyssia (1963): “Erano quadri originalissimi: verniciati con una sola tinta o due, a coprire l’intero rettangolo della superficie o due rettangoli accostati… Un numero o delle lettere (ma solo talvolta) isolati o marcati simmetricamente; qualche gobba della carta, qualche scolatura: il movimento della pittura era tutto lì.”
Comune denominatore di un’intera generazione di artisti da Lucio Fontana a Enrico Castellani, da Piero Manzoni a Yves Klein, il monocromo non è una novità tra la fine degli anni Cinquanta e l’inizio dei Sessanta e Schifano ne è perfettamente consapevole.
“Pensavo che dipingere significasse partire da qualcosa di assolutamente primario…”, racconta l’artista, “I primi quadri soltanto gialli con dentro niente, immagini vuote, non volevano dir nulla. Andavano di là, o di qua, di qualsiasi intenzione culturale. Volevano essere loro stessi… Fare un quadro giallo era fare un quadro giallo e basta”.
Azzeramento del gesto e del senso, dunque, un semplice pretesto per fare una pittura che riparta da zero, un incipit a qualcosa di diverso.
La grammatica dei monocromi di Schifano è molto semplice: smalti industriali dall’effetto lucido e coprente; colore “grondante” steso in maniera libera e non uniforme sulla ruvida superficie della carta da pacchi. L’intento è dare l’idea di una pittura da cartellone pubblicitario.
La superficie dei quadri, dai colori accesi e privi di sfumature, alla stregua di una lastra fotografica, prelude all’impressione di nuove immagini: è un nuovo spazio da indagare, un campo di germinazione che si dispone a produrre qualcos’altro.
L’emblematico titolo di questa mostra si riferisce a un’opera del 1960 che Schifano realizza appena ventiseienne e a un polittico del 1962 che figura tra le opere esposte.
Con efficace sinteticità da messaggio pubblicitario Qualcos’altro sta forse a indicare che ciò che l’artista intendeva dipingere doveva essere diverso da quanto si vedeva in giro; ma è anche un intento programmatico espresso in due parole: il monocromo, inteso come tabula rasa, è già pronto a trasformarsi in luogo di proiezione, campo fotografico in cui si metteranno a fuoco dettagli, particolari, frazioni di immagini.

Qualcos’altro ha un sapore quasi profetico, se si pensa che questi “schermi” si riempiranno presto dei nuovi segni della vita moderna. È alla luce di tutto questo che la mostra si concentra sui monocromi, a sessant’anni dalla loro nascita, in quanto tappa cruciale del cammino creativo di Mario Schifano e genesi della sua invenzione pittorica.

Alle opere verrà affiancato un nucleo di lavori su carta degli stessi anni e, per l’occasione, sarà pubblicato un giornale della mostra in formato tabloid con contenuti inediti dell’artista e un contributo di Riccardo Venturi e Alberto Salvadori.

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20
Gen

Blanc sur Blanc

Gagosian is pleased to present Blanc sur Blanc, a group exhibition.

A century ago, Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist paintings heralded a revolutionary new interpretation of white, in which total abstraction suggests the utopian and the infinite. Since then, artists have deployed the achromatism of whiteness in an endless range of formal and symbolic ways, evoking states of emptiness and effacement, and summoning the raw potential of the blank page. Working in different contexts and with different ends in mind, the artists in Blanc sur Blanc find unexpected power and substance in what appears at first to be an absence or lack.

In 1946, Lucio Fontana and his students drafted the Manifesto Blanco, a vision for a fundamentally new method of artistic production that demanded that artists engage with the real-world physicality of their materials instead of treating the canvas as an illusory, self-contained space. It was out of this impulse that Fontana produced Concetto Spaziale, Attese(Spatial Concept, Waiting, 1966), one of his first slashed canvases. For Fontana, the painting’s allover coat of white formed a blank screen and acted as a vehicle for heightened drama, with any connotations of purity or tranquility disrupted by his forceful incisions.

During the last decade of his life, Andy Warhol broke with the visual and conceptual language of Pop art to produce idiosyncratic takes on abstract and gestural painting. Abstract Painting (1982) is one such work. Measuring forty inches square—the same dimensions that Warhol used previously for his notorious Society Portraits—the canvas is veiled in a white wash that permits only tantalizing glimpses of multicolored swirls beneath.

LEAN (2005) exemplifies Rachel Whiteread’s practice of concretizing negative space in order to memorialize it. Here she has cast the interiors of various cardboard boxes in plaster of paris as a somewhat wistful tribute to the banal, quotidian container. The resulting geometric accumulation of minimalist white slabs is propped up casually against the gallery wall, ghostlike yet palpable.

Also on view are three recent pieces by Paris-based artist Sheila Hicks, whose textile works incorporate yarn-based techniques from diverse cultures. While Hicks’s oeuvre is characterized by intense color, she also works with natural undyed fibers. Here she has fashioned spheres, woven rectangular canvases, and tumbling cascades of linen in neutral shades that exude a tactile yet meditative calm.

Blanc sur Blanc includes works by Jean (Hans) Arp, Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Edmund de Waal, Lucio Fontana, Theaster Gates, Diego Giacometti, Wade Guyton, Simon Hantaï, Sheila Hicks, Thomas Houseago, Y.Z. Kami, Imi Knoebel, Bertrand Lavier, Sol LeWitt, Sally Mann, John Mason, Olivier Mosset, Giuseppe Penone, Seth Price, Paolo Scheggi, Setsuko, Rudolf Stingel, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Franz West, and Rachel Whiteread, among others.

BLANC SUR BLANC
January 16–March 7, 2020

Gagosian
4 rue de Ponthieu, Paris

Image: Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1966

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Gen

Dalí & Magritte. Two surrealist icons in dialogue

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium dedicate an exceptional exhibition to Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. For the first time ever, the connection and influences between the two greatest icons of the surrealist movement are highlighted.

Dalí and Magritte both aim to challenge reality, question our gaze and shake up our certainties. The Catalan and the Belgian show a fascinating proximity, despite their very different creations and personalities, which would eventually lead them to drift apart.In the spring of 1929, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte meet in Paris, surrounded by the great names of the artistic avant-garde. In August of the same year, at Dalí’s invitation, Magritte travels to Cadaqués, the Spanish painter’s home base. This surrealist summer – which also includes visits by Éluard, Miró and Buñuel – will prove decisive.

The exhibition reveals the personal, philosophical and aesthetic links between these two iconic artists through more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, films and archival objects.

The “Dalí & Magritte” exhibition is held under the High Patronage of their Majesties the King and Queen and is organized by the RMFAB in collaboration with the Dalí Museum (St. Petersburg, Florida), the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Magritte Foundation. More than 40 international museums and private collections have lent their masterpieces for this unique exhibition, which ties in with the festivities organised around the Magritte Museum’s 10th anniversary.
Exhibition curator: Michel Draguet, Director General of the RMFAB.

VIDEO Behind The Scenes at the exhibition DALÍ & MAGRITTE

Dalí & Magritte Two surrealist icons in dialogue

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence/Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 508 32 11
info@fine-arts-museum.be

Image: Magritte, The Blood of the World, 1925

20
Nov

Urs Fischer. Leo

An artwork is not about the now.
—Urs Fischer

Gagosian is pleased to present Leo, an exhibition of new work by Urs Fischer.
Across his protean oeuvre, Fischer frequently evokes art historical genres and motifs with wry self-awareness and humor. In Fischer’s work, the processes of material creation and destruction are often explored through the use of impermanent materials, as in Bread House (2004–05), a life-size cabin constructed from loaves of sourdough bread. Embracing transformation and decay while resounding with poetic contradictions, Fischer’s art excavates the potential of its materials and media, producing joyful disorientation and sinister bewilderment.

Fischer’s candle sculptures exemplify the relationship between permanence and impermanence. He began to make them in the early 2000s with a series of crudely rendered female nudes, standing upright or lounging in groups. A series of realistic figurative candle portraits followed, including a full-size replica of Giambologna’s sixteenth-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women, and Marsupiale (Fabrizio) (2017), which amalgamates a portrait of the Florentine antique dealer Fabrizio Moretti with an oversize bust of Saint Leonard, the patron saint of prisoners. In 2018, Fischer created a candle replica of the art patron and collector Dasha Zhukova, which burned for weeks in the shopfront gallery at Gagosian Davies Street in London.

Fischer’s newest candle portrait, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), depicts Leonardo DiCaprio with his parents, George DiCaprio and Irmelin Indenbirken. Cast entirely in wax, the family is posed in mid-action: George gestures while conversing with Leo, as Irmelin holds Leo in her loving embrace.

As with all of Fischer’s candle sculptures, Leo (George & Irmelin) will melt slowly over the course of the exhibition, its original composition transmuted into a form dictated by the wayward laws of physics. Captivating in their materiality and haunting in their implications, Fischer’s candles serve as both portraits of—and meditations on—the passing of time. Elaborating on traditions of memento mori, they remind viewers of the transience of life, beauty, and even art itself.

Leo is presented in the ground floor gallery of Gagosian Paris. On view upstairs in the Project Space is Smalls, an exhibition of new works by Spencer Sweeney.

Urs Fischer. Leo
October 14–December 20, 2019

Gagosian
4 rue de Ponthieu
75008 Paris

+33 1 75 00 05 92
paris@gagosian.com

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11–7

Contact
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Image: Urs Fischer Gentle Moon, 2019 Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, solvent-based screen printing ink 96 x 72 in 243.8 x 182.9 cm © Urs Fischer. Photo- Ulrich Ghezzi. Courtesy Gagosian
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Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced a two-part exhibition on the life and legacy of Marcel Duchamp, commencing with “Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection” on view Nov. 9–Oct. 12, 2020. This first part of the exhibition will feature the recent gift of over 50 major historical artworks, including more than 35 seminal works by Duchamp, promised to the museum by Washington, D.C., collectors Barbara and Aaron Levine. The second stage of the exhibition, on view April 18, 2020–Oct. 12, 2020, will examine Duchamp’s lasting impact through the lens of the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection, including significant works by a diverse roster of modern and contemporary artists. Both exhibitions are organized by Evelyn Hankins, the Hirshhorn’s senior curator, and accompanied by a 224-page publication.

“The Levines’ gift is transformative for the Hirshhorn, and because of their generosity we are able to present the works of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, whose influence is still felt by artists working today,” said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. “Through this exhibition, museum visitors will observe firsthand the evolution of Duchamp’s creative output alongside examples of artworks by his peers and artists of subsequent generations.”

“Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection” comprises an unparalleled selection of artworks, thoughtfully acquired over the course of two decades and offering a rarely seen view of the entire arc of Duchamp’s career. The exhibition will include a number of Duchamp’s most famous readymades, including “Hat Rack,” “Comb,” “Apolinère Enameled,” “With Hidden Noise,” “L.H.O.O.Q.” and “Why Not Sneeze?,” which together embody Duchamp’s then-radical idea that an artist’s ideas are more important than craft or aesthetics. Also prominently featured will be a number of Duchamp’s unique drawings and prints related to his magnum opus, “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass),” including “Pendu Femelle,” “Studies for the Bachelors in the Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries, No. 2,” “Bride” and “Nine Malic Moulds.” Further insight into his unique working process is revealed by “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Green Box)” and “In the Infinitive (The White Box),” which contain more than 150 facsimiles of Duchamp’s working notes for “The Large Glass.” His forward-thinking mindset can be seen in his later kinetic works, such as the “Rotoreliefs (Optical Disks)” and “Cover of S.M.S. (Esquivons les ecchymoses des esquimaux aux mots exquis),” which demonstrate the artist’s interest in creating works that call upon the brain to enhance, instead of merely process, the information received by the eye, deftly anticipating future experiments in film and Op art. The exhibition will also include portraits of Duchamp, as well as works by his contemporaries and those he influenced, including Man Ray, Tristan Tzara, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and Irving Penn, among others. An educational resource room for visitors of all ages will be included at the end of the exhibition, featuring books about Duchamp and his practice and hands-on making activities inspired by the artist’s work. An interactive chess table will also be included at the end of the exhibition—a nod to one of the artist’s favorite pastimes.

The second exhibition focuses on the extraordinary legacy of Duchamp by examining works from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection that touch upon a number of broad themes pivotal to the artist’s practice. The exhibition will begin by introducing artwork created by Duchamp’s friends and contemporaries, many of whom explored similar ideas, often challenging traditional artistic mediums to create work that questioned the conventional ideas of fine art. Other issues investigated in the work of artists like Joseph Kosuth and Robert Rauschenberg include optics and light, language, the reuse and reproduction of existing images, the use of everyday objects, the artist’s commitment to self-representation and his belief that an artwork’s meaning is inherently dependent on the viewer.

The promised gift will establish the Hirshhorn as a preeminent Duchamp resource in the mid-Atlantic region, offering one of the most significant public collections in the United States alongside those of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Together the paired exhibitions, which demonstrate not only Duchamp’s incredible impact on art, but also the ways in which his revolutionary practice transformed people’s understanding of what an artwork can be, will give viewers a full awareness of the artist’s inimitable significance.Continue Reading..

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Musja. The Dark Side – Who is afraid of the Dark?

Christian Boltanski, Monica Bonvicini, Monster Chetwynd, Gino De Dominicis, Gianni Dessì, Flavio Favelli, Sheela Gowda, James Lee Byars, Robert Longo, Hermann Nitsch, Tony Oursler, Gregor Schneider, Chiharu Shiota

Curated by Danilo Eccher

Musja, the exhibition space in via dei Chiavari 7 in Rome presided over by Ovidio Jacorossi, becomes a private museum with the opening on October 9 of Who is afraid of the Dark?, the first exhibition within The Dark Side project, a three year programme curated by Danilo Eccher.

The vast art collection owned by Jacorossi, covering the period from the early 19th century Italian to the present, will be flanked by the most innovative contemporary trends in the international panorama in order to highlight the fundamental contribution of art to personal and collective growth. The new museum also sets out to become established as a focus for the development of civil society in Rome, and to carry forward cultural commitment, and dialogue with international public and private institutions and museums.

The complex thematic setting of The Dark Side project is organized into three exhibitions spread over three years, and dedicated to: “Fear of the Dark,” “Fear of Solitude,” and “Fear of Time.” The first event in the new exhibition programme—“Fear of the Dark”—brings together 13 of the most important international artists with large site-specific installations and large-scale artworks by established artists, such as Gregor Schneider, Robert Longo, Hermann Nitsch, Tony Oursler, Christian Boltanski, James Lee Byars as well as new protagonists on the contemporary art scene such as Monster Chetwynd, Sheela Gowda, and Chiharu Shiota. There is a substantial Italian component with works and installations by Gino De Dominicis, Gianni Dessì, Flavio Favelli, Monica Bonvicini. During the opening of the exhibition, and thereafter at monthly intervals, there will be a performance by “Differenziale Femminile,” a group of four actresses, in the rooms of the gallery.

The majority of the site-specific works will be produced especially for the exhibition, while others are loans from various institutions, galleries and some others are part of the Jacorossi collection. All of them were selected for their power to draw the viewer in and encourage reflection on the topic while, at the same time, introducing some essential aspects of current contemporary art research. Visitors will be able to analyse their own reactions to sensory and tactile experiences, theatrical and magical visions, rituals and settings, anxieties that take different and unexpected forms only to melt away.

The catalogue accompanying the exhibition, published by Silvana Editoriale, contains a wealth of images by all the participating artists as well as written contributions. In addition to Danilo Eccher’s contribution, there are also some intellectually complex views on the theme of the dark by theologian Gianfranco Ravasi, theoretical physicist Mario Rasetti, psychiatrist Eugenio Borgna and philosopher Federico Vercellone. Different points of view, cross-cutting approaches, intellectual fields that diverge, overlap and are interwoven, give the project much greater scope than a standard art exhibition.

In the course of the exhibition, Musja will also be holding a series of meetings on the theme, coordinated by Federico Vercellone, professor of Aesthetics in the Department of Philosophy at Turin University.

The Dark Side – Who is afraid of the Dark?
October 9, 2019–March 1, 2020

Musja
via dei Chiavari 7
Rome
Italy

Image artwork by Gino De Dominicis, Jacorossi collection

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Arianna Matta – Romanticismo digitale

L’artista romana Arianna Matta è la protagonista della terza mostra nel calendario degli eventi della galleria Orizzonti Arte Contemporanea di Ostuni. Con la personale Romanticismo digitale l’artista propone una selezione di dipinti di grandi dimensioni puntando l’attenzione sul flusso del tempo, liquido, interrotto e sospeso che attraversa luoghi fermi ma vibranti, proiezione di immagini interiori.

L’artista stessa ci parla del suo lavoro, raccontandoci quanto il trascorrere del tempo, il passato inteso come radici, siano elementi fondamentali nel suo lavoro.

“Il tempo è per me un fattore determinate, difficile se non impossibile fissarne la memoria. Noi siamo la nostra memoria, noi siamo questo museo chimerico di forme incostanti, questo mucchio di specchi rotti – scriveva Borges – autore che amo molto e, in un certo senso, la mia pittura traduce in immagini tali parole. Anche se l’incertezza di un tempo o di uno spazio credo sia connaturata all’esistenza stessa, ogni azione umana si nutre dell’illusoria volontà del superamento della stessa. Infatti la pittura è la mia illusione, il mio prendere tempo, una specie di pacificata rassegnazione. Forse è un modo per fissare sulla tela la nostalgia attraverso una sorta di archeologia della memoria, non per testimoniare quello che è stato, ma per vivere, per andare avanti. Ricostruiamo noi stessi attraverso un puzzle di ricordi, che plasmiamo di volta in volta, per come ci fa più comodo, per come dobbiamo o riusciamo a essere in un preciso momento. Pertanto, una certa tensione nostalgica e malinconica è presente nel mio fare pittura e non potrebbe essere altrimenti.

In riferimento a un onirismo liquido cosi definito e ravvisato nelle mie opere, alcuni amici mi fecero notare certe analogie tra il pensiero di Bauman, in merito appunto alla liquidità e il mio modo di dipingere. In realtà, non c’è un riferimento conscio e diretto, ma vivendo in questo tempo non posso che essere il frutto, oserei dire, l’anello debole, di questa vita liquida. Anello debole in quanto non mi ritengo una pittrice contemporanea, mi definirei ‘neoromantica digitale’, destinata in un certo senso a soccombere, se proprio vogliamo riferirci a Bauman. In questa vita liquida, o cambiamo pelle di continuo o siamo destinati a essere sopraffatti. Io ho deciso di tenere la mia pelle, di essere aderente a me stessa.

Ed è per questo che la mia ricerca pittorica si sviluppa intorno all’esigenza di una pittura intimista. Il gesto tecnico, nella mia visione dell’arte, è fortemente legato a quello concettuale; di conseguenza la mia, è una pittura gestuale, che si nutre dell’immediatezza delle emozioni. Non realizzo disegni preparatori o bozzetti, lascio che il movimento sia naturale e svincolato dalla forma, Il mio è un ’romanticismo digitale’, vale a dire un romanticismo che si nutre delle nuove tecnologie, sviluppandole in ‘analogico’. Tendo ad evocare spazi vissuti ed emozioni strizzando l’occhio alla glitch art, come se il richiamo al ’disturbo digitale’ fosse, ad oggi, il modo più naturale per raccontare le inquietudini quotidiane”.

Romanticismo Digitale
Opere di Arianna Matta

INAUGURAZIONE in galleria DOMENICA 30 GIUGNO 2019 dalle ore 11.00 in poi
dal 30 giugno al 14 luglio 2019

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DORA MAAR in Paris

The largest French retrospective ever devoted to Dora Maar (1907-1997) invites you to discover all the facets of her work, through more than five hundred works and documents. Initially a professional photographer and surrealist before becoming a painter, Dora Maar is an artist of undeniable renown. Far beyond the image, to which she is all too often limited, of her intimate relationship with Picasso, this exhibition retraces the life of an accomplished artist and a free and independent intellectual.

The exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, in coproduction with the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles) and in collaboration with the Tate Modern (London).

PRESENTATION BY THE CURATORS
“To Dora of the varied, always beautiful, faces”. Lise Deharme’s dedication to her friend Dora Maar in a copy of Cœur de Pic (1937) poetically sums up the various facets of her artistic career: between photographer and painter, between youthful Surrealist revolution and the existential introspection that marked her painting activity after World War II.

With the collaboration of the J. Paul Getty Museum and in partnership with the Tate Modern, the exhibition organized by the Centre Pompidou aims to highlight, for the first time in a French museum, Dora Maar’s work as an artist, and not only as the muse and mistress of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. Although for many she remains the model of La femme qui pleure, Dora Maar has nevertheless recently enjoyed critical reception and recognition in studies dedicated to Surrealism and photography. Several exhibitions organized by the Musée National d’Art Moderne, “Explosante fixe” and, more recently, “La Subversion des images” and “Voici Paris”, accorded a special place to Dora Maar’s Surrealist work, with enigmatic photographs such as Portrait d’Ubu and Le Simulateur, a photomontage that joined the museum’s collections in 1973.
The donation of Simulateur was the beginning of the Centre Pompidou’s continued interest in Dora Maar’s photographic work. The 1980s and 1990s were marked by various acquisitions, culminating in 2011 with the arrival of ten prints from the Bouqueret collection. In 2004 the purchase of her studio collection, consisting of some one thousand eight hundred and ninety negatives and two hundred and eighty contact prints, made the collection preserved in the Musée National d’Art Moderne one of the largest public collections of Dora Maar’s work. The recent digitization of negatives has now rendered her work accessible to a large audience of researchers and amateurs. Dora Maar is the only artist with a large portfolio of photographs preserved in the collections – Brancusi, Brassaï, Éli Lotar, Man Ray – who has not yet been the subject of a major exhibition project. Thanks to original archives and close scientific collaboration between the curatorship teams at the Centre Pompidou and the Getty Museum, the Dora Maar retrospective traces the development of this independent artist through more than four hundred works and documents: from her first commissions for fashion and advertising as a studio photographer, to her political commitments as witnessed by her street photographs, including her Surrealist activity and her meeting with Picasso. Lastly, the exhibition shines a special spotlight on her work as a painter, an activity to which she devoted herself for nearly forty years. Like her fellow female photographers, Laure Albin Guillot, Rogi André, Nora Dumas and Germaine Krull, who were active like her between the wars, Dora Maar belongs to the generation of women who liberated themselves professionally and socially through their work as photographers, a profession that was undergoing complete renewal with the development of the illustrated press and advertising. After studying graphic art in the Comité des Dames of the Union des Arts Décoratifs, Dora Maar trained in photography in the late 1920s. Like her mentor, Emmanuel Sougez, she preferred to work in a studio and collaborated with Pierre Kéfer, a set designer for films, from 1931 to 1935. “Kéfer-Dora Maar” became the name and the official credit for the studio, figuring in prints and publications at the time, even when Dora Maar or Pierre Kéfer worked alone on projects. Kéfer’s social flair enabled them to specialise in portraits, fashion and advertising illustrations for the cosmetics sector. This exhibition accords a central position to Dora Maar, a professional photographer endowed with an inventiveness that combined great technical mastery with a dreamlike universe that was much praised by her contemporaries.Continue Reading..