Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea recently relocated from Rome’s historic center to the nearby quarter of Trastevere, adjacent to the city’s Botanic Gardens and a stone’s throw from the River Tiber. This demonstrates Giacomo Guidi’s commitment to Italy’s capital, which comes as the gallerist closes his Milan-based operations.
The gallery has since begun an ambitious calendar of events in a large, brightly lit space that will include DJ sets and fashion events alongside its exhibition schedule. This year’s Artissima art fair—opening in Turin next week—will see the gallery display works both from artists who have exhibited with them in 2014 and those who will participate in their 2015 program.
Both Gerold Miller and Melissa Kretschmer will show pieces from the gallery’s current exhibition cycle, which also includes works from Ettore Sottsass. Miller and Kretschmer will present the results of their highly process-based, minimal practices. The former’s abstracts are produced through a systematic layering of polished primers upon metal, followed by the application of a lacquer, a procedure which is repeated to produce their characteristic sheer, reflective surfaces. Meanwhile, Kretschmer emphasizes the painting’s ground, applying paint to plywood in such way as to bring out its intrinsic properties.
Other artists on display at Giacomo Guidi’s Artissima booth will include Flavio De Marco, Brigitte Kowanz, Imi Knoebel, Bob Law and Maurizio Nannucci. De Marco will show at Giacomo Guidi in 2015, whilst Axel Hütte has recently begun a collaboration with the gallery. The former artist, who is based in Berlin, had a recent exhibition at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna—Italy’s modern art museum—in Rome, where he showed 44 paintings and 36 drawings of the imaginary island of “Stella.” This project, which De Marco worked on for two years prior to the show, makes characteristic use of the artist’s collaged landscape technique, whereby he mixes imagery from familiar computer desktop and browser interfaces with imaginary natural scenes. Meanwhile, Hütte’s large-scale photographic c-prints present a more sublime representation of nature, adding another dimension to a comprehensive list of international artists present at the fair.
Visit Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea at Artissima, Booth 15, Nov. 7-9, 2014.