Olivo Barbieri, ‘Giorgio Morandi’s Home Bar 1964 Grizzana Morandi Bologna’, 2017, Matthew Liu Fine Arts
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Olivo Barbieri

Giorgio Morandi’s Home Bar 1964 Grizzana Morandi Bologna, 2017

Archival Pigment Print
43 7/10 × 57 1/2 in
111 × 146 cm
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Location
Shanghai
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Olivo Barbieri
Italian, b. 1954
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With his lush, large-format photographs that walk the line between the real and the surreal, Olivo Barbieri challenges perception and confounds expectations. In his teasing, humorous work, the real becomes fake and the fake becomes real. As he describes: “All my work is about perception. It’s a deconstruction of the normal way of seeing.” His “Site Specific” series (2003-) exemplifies the way in which he uses his camera to make the familiar seem strange. Hovering in a helicopter above major world cities, Barbieri takes photographs from a bird’s-eye view, selectively focusing on only one element in the frame, often an iconic architectural monument, while leaving its surroundings blurred. The effect is both stunningly beautiful and bizarre: paradoxically grand and miniaturized, familiar cityscapes become shrunken toy landscapes with dollhouse buildings and miniscule inhabitants.

Olivo Barbieri, ‘Giorgio Morandi’s Home Bar 1964 Grizzana Morandi Bologna’, 2017, Matthew Liu Fine Arts
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Olivo Barbieri
Italian, b. 1954
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With his lush, large-format photographs that walk the line between the real and the surreal, Olivo Barbieri challenges perception and confounds expectations. In his teasing, humorous work, the real becomes fake and the fake becomes real. As he describes: “All my work is about perception. It’s a deconstruction of the normal way of seeing.” His “Site Specific” series (2003-) exemplifies the way in which he uses his camera to make the familiar seem strange. Hovering in a helicopter above major world cities, Barbieri takes photographs from a bird’s-eye view, selectively focusing on only one element in the frame, often an iconic architectural monument, while leaving its surroundings blurred. The effect is both stunningly beautiful and bizarre: paradoxically grand and miniaturized, familiar cityscapes become shrunken toy landscapes with dollhouse buildings and miniscule inhabitants.

Olivo Barbieri

Giorgio Morandi’s Home Bar 1964 Grizzana Morandi Bologna, 2017

Archival Pigment Print
43 7/10 × 57 1/2 in
111 × 146 cm
Contact For Price
Location
Shanghai
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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