Mazzoleni is pleased to announce its participation in the inaugural edition of TEFAF New York Spring. The gallery will present a curated selection of Post-War Italian masters including works by Lucio Fontana (1899–1968), Alberto Burri (1915–1995), Agostino Bonalumi (1935–2013), Fausto Melotti (1901–1986) and Enrico Castellani (b.1930). The presentation will highlight a shared emphasis on form and materiality in the work of these artists, which has come to typify the aesthetic of Post-War Italian art.
Lucio Fontana was one of the first artists to blur the lines between two and three dimensionality through puncturing the surface of the support in the late 1940s. His pioneering “cuts" revealed the sculptural possibilities of the canvas and was hugely influential for later generations of artists. The presentation will feature a silver example of Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale, Attese from 1962 alongside a Concetto Spaziale from 1968, in which his signature punctures are arranged in an egg-shape pattern on a white canvas. Similarly, Alberto Burri had a profound influence on the development of movements including Arte Povera and Neo-Dada, through his manipulation of industrial and found materials, such as cellotex and burlap. Burri was interested in the physicality of the unconventional materials he used and stressed the material reality of the canvas. In works such as Sacco Bianco Nero (1956), which will be on display, Burri explored the elasticity of the canvas through his use of burlap and cellotex.
Enrico Castellani and Agostino Bonalumi, whose careers developed in parallel, were both influenced by the manipulation of the canvas seen in the work of Fontana and Burri in particular. In his Superficie series, Castellani alters the perception of space, rendering the work three-dimensional through his configurations of protrusions and depressions on the surface of his canvases. A very early and rare 1962 example of his Superficie Bianca will be a particular highlight of the presentation. Bonalumi also sought to convey the physical form of the canvas and a white 1966 example of his “Picture-Objects” series will show how he manipulated the structure of the canvas to transcend the picture plane. Also on display will be two examples of Fausto Melotti’s
sculptures, including Tre Tempi from 1971. Melotti was similarly interested in the notion of space and utilised negative space as positive form in his sculptures.
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TEFAF New York Spring will take place from Thursday 4 May – Monday 8 May 2017.
Image Credit: Enrico Castellani (b.1930), Superficie Bianca, 1962, Acrylic on canvas, 140 x 180 cm, Courtesy Mazzoleni London – Torino.
Mazzoleni was founded in Turin in 1986 and opened a Mayfair-based London gallery in October 2014. Over the past three decades Mazzoleni has organised solo and group exhibitions of more than 150 prominent Italian and international artists from across the 20th century. The gallery evolved from the private collection of Giovanni and Anna Pia Mazzoleni who have been collecting since the 1960s. The collection brought together significant works from important international art movements including Surrealism, Futurism and Abstract Art. Italian Post-War art quickly became the primary focus of the collection and became the core of Mazzoleni’s curatorial programme when Giovanni’s sons Davide and Luigi joined the gallery in the 1990s.
Today the Turin gallery takes up three floors of Palazzo Panizza, overlooking the historic Piazza Solferino and occupying part of the original 19th century foyer of the Alfieri theatre. The London gallery is situated on Albemarle Street, in the heart of Mayfair’s historic art district. The 3,000 square foot space hosts exhibitions across two levels, presenting a programme focused on museum-calibre Post-War Italian art and art from the Seventies, working in close collaboration with artists’ estates and foundations.
Recent critically acclaimed exhibitions have included the major solo Alberto Burri exhibition in 2015, ‘Piero Manzoni. Achromes: Linea Infinita’, curated by Gaspare Luigi Marcone in collaboration with the Piero Manzoni Foundation and ‘Fontana/Melotti. Angelic Spaces and Infinite Geometries’, curated by Daniela Ferrari of the MART Museum Trento/Rovereto in 2016. All exhibitions are accompanied by fully illustrated monographs, often featuring newly commissioned research contributing to current critical and art historical discourse. In addition, in recent years Mazzoleni has been increasingly present at international art fairs, participating across London, Basel, Paris, Hong Kong, New York and Miami, amongst others.