Matteo Callegari, ‘Watching Language go by’, 2013, Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated ""WATCHING LANGUAGE GO BY" MATTEO CALLEGARI 2013 Matteo Callegari" on the overlap

New York, Ramiken Crucible, Matteo Callegari, March 24 - April 28, 2013

Ramiken Crucible, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Matteo Callegari

Matteo Callegari makes abstract paintings for the 21st century. Inspired by the history of his medium and by Leonardo da Vinci, he translates the grit and neon of his adopted New York City milieu into large-scale compositions that are both spare and exuberant. In works like Lifer and Love Performance (both 2013), for example, he overlays bright lightning flashes of white and colored jagged lines onto the raw gray-brown ground of unprimed linen. His marks streak across the picture plane, seeming to hint at recognizable forms. In East (2013), which is densely covered with a pattern of small circles bisected by a vertical stripe, not an inch of the canvas shows through. “Painting is a space for the mind,” Callegari explains. “It starts with your understanding of reality, and develops as a proposition. Painting is about generosity.”

Italian, b. 1979, based in New York, New York

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