GR Gallery, born almost forty years ago in the mid-1970s, soon focused its activities on the enhancement and promotion of the European (mostly Latin) post-war avant-garde, giving priority to those artists who have produced special and personal propulsive thrusts during the so-called Informel period, especially focused on the Spatialism movement of Venetian matrix and the artists who have gravitated to this city or made this their muse.
About a year after opening, and after thoroughly and carefully exploring many branches of Optical art, GR Gallery introduces ‘THE GREAT BEAUTY of Venice,’ an exhibition that, through an explicit reference in the title to the Italian movie winner at the 86th Academy Award, illuminates the close relationship established over the years with the history and the artistic developments of the lagoon city. Ongoing from November 18 to February 5, 2017, the exhibition, curated by art-critic and founder Giovanni Granzotto, will display thirty works of various artists. The exhibition will particularly focus on the movement of Venetian Spatialism, a style developed in the early '50s that impressed Peggy Guggenheim and influenced her to the point of becoming the major patron. Lucio Fontana was the theoretician of the movement, which called for a thematic portrayal of the art in dialogue with science, and in dialogue with empiricism and technology. Especially the art should not be fenced off from the canvas: its border is space. He found artists in the Veneto region who gravitated to this side concept and soon newcomers’ signatures were added to the posters launched by the Movement
Art-critics as well could access the Movement, together with great artists who in 1945 had already published scripts around a new concept of space.
The protagonists of this exhibition will be precisely signatories of at least one of the posters of Spatialism: Gino Morandis (1915-1994) and Virgilio Guidi (1891-1984). Artists, who have shared inspirations and creative impulses with this Movement, but without adhering: Ennio Finzi (1930), Riccardo Licata (1929-2014) and Carmelo Zotti (1933 – 2007). And, last but not least, the absolute protagonist of informal European post-war art, Emilio Vedova (1919-2006).
Alongside, it will be displayed a selection of artworks, influenced by the atmosphere of the city of Venice, by the Neapolitan painter Massimo d'Orta (1950), whose creative vision and gestural intensity shares those of the Spatialism movement.
On the occasion of this event an elegant color catalog will be published by Grafiche De Bastiani, which brings together the illustrations of all the works on display. The images will be accompanied by critical essays by the curators Giovanni Granzotto and Alberto Pasini.
The opening exhibition will be held on Friday, November 18, at 6:00 P.M., with a presentation by Mr. Granzotto, and will be followed by a cocktail reception.
The show is made possible thanks to the contribution of the Euromobil Group and powered by Open Gate Communications.
The exhibition will run from November 19 to February 5, 2017, and be open Tuesday-Saturday through that period from noon 12:00 to 7:00 p.m.