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Arte Povera

Esso Gallery, New York

Jennifer Bacon and Filippo Fossati are pleased to announce the opening of the new Esso Gallery and Bookstore space at 211 West 28th Street. In the main gallery: Multipli 1967-2001. Multiples, editions and books by the Arte Povera artists. In the Bookstore: Drawings by Pino Pascali. Seymour Underground Space: Enrico Iuliano.

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Jennifer Bacon and Filippo Fossati are pleased to announce the opening of the new Esso Gallery and Bookstore space at 211 West 28th Street.

In the main gallery: MULTIPLI 1967-2001

Multiples, editions and books by the Arte Povera artists: Giovanni Anselmo * Alighiero e Boetti * Pier Paolo Calzolari * Luciano Fabro * Piero Gilardi * Jannis Kounellis * Mario Merz * Marisa Merz * Paolo Mussat Sartor * Giulio Paolini * Giuseppe Penone * Michelangelo Pistoletto * Emilio Prini * Salvo * Gilberto Zorio.
In the late 60s a group of Italian artists working primarily in Turin, Rome and Genova, began to show their work together. Avoiding a signature style and encouraging incoherence as a positive value, these artists produced work spanning installation, sculpture, photography, performance and more, which they showed alongside that of other international artists involved in experiments called Land Art, Conceptual Art, Antiform, Minimalism, Postsomething and so on. It was in 1967 that Italian critic Germano Celant coined the term Arte Povera (Poor Art) to label the work of this generation of artists. Besides the critic's decision, what kept the artists together for a period of their careers was the common interest in the point at which art and life intersect. They were using "poor" or simple materials; industrial or domestic refuse such as metal, energy, glass, newspaper, fabric, neon, stone and more. They attempted to create a subjective understanding of matter and space experiencing the energy of the everyday life as lived directly and not mediated through representative codes or predefined languages. The exhibition at Esso shows a practice, the "multiple", that became the structure of the work and in fact the work itself, overstepping the obsolete notion of art in an age that is no longer the age of Benjamin (Walter). A comprehensive anthological exhibition of Arte Povera is in preparation for the year 2001 by the Tate Gallery in London and the Walker Museum in Minneapolis. The exhibition at Esso ais made in collaboration with the participant artists and Giorgio Persano. Publication available.

In the Bookstore: Drawings by PINO PASCALI

18 drawings as a tribute to one of the great Italian artist of the 2nd half of the 20th century who was born in Polignano a Mare (Bari) in 1935. Pascali had his first solo exhibition in January 1965 with Plinio De Martiis at Galleria La Tartaruga in Rome. In 1966 he exhibited his weapons made out of found objects at GianEnzo Sperone in Turin and in the same year showed for the first time at "l'Attico" in Rome the white shaped canvas sculptures that brought international attention to his work. In 1967 Pascali had a solo exhibition at Alexander Iolas in Milan and in 1968 another one at "L'Attico" in Rome and again, one with Alexander Iolas but this time in Paris. At the highly debated Venice Biennale of 1968, Pascali found himself in the middle of a cultural riot, choosing, against other artists and students who wanted to shut down the Biennale, to keep his exhibition open and had a memorable talk with an angry public. Pino Pascali died prematurely in a motorcycle accident at Muro Torto in Rome in 1968 at the age of 33. He is considered one of the leading figures by the generations that came after him in Italy and elsewhere. The exhibition features drawings from a period of his work as a graphic designer in television advertising (1959-1965). They are parts of story boards, with cardboard puppets collaged or photomontaged on paper and acetate. The exhibition is curated by Daniela Ferraria.

Seymour Underground Space: ENRICO IULIANO

For his first solo exhibition in New York, Italian artist Enrico Iuliano will present a series of works on wheels made with various materials, from drawings to video to sculpture. The idea of motion and everything related to it is behind the entire art production of Iuliano. He begun in the late 80s experimenting with dynamics in materials that are static, such as iron or stone, by manipulating physics around them, such as magnetism, energy and light. Iulaino's work has been exhibited extensively in Italy and in Europe; most recently at Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin, at the Universitat Politecnica in Valencia and at Sala Amadis in Madrid, 2000.

Tuesday, January 16 - Saturday, March 3, 2001
Hours: Tuesday -Saturday 10 am - 6 pm

ESSO Gallery and Books - 211 West 28th Street - New York NY 10001 - tel. (212) 560-9728 - fax (212) 560-9729

Akira Ikezoe
dal 5/2/2009 al 27/3/2009

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