Monday, June 04, 2012

NYC: Luxembourg and Dayan Gallery – Domenico Gnoli.

NYC: Luxembourg and Dayan Gallery – Domenico Gnoli. The  Domenio Gnoli; Paitings 1964-1969 exhibition at the Luxembourg and Dayan Gallery until June 30 show canvases that are at once theatrical and humble, intimate and remote, humorous and melancholy, artist Domenico Gnoli uncovered a universe of meanings to be found in the details of everyday objects.
Above:  Red Dress Collar, 1969. Acrylic and sand on canvas.
Luxembourg and Dayan Gallery – Domenico Gnoli.  Gnoli’s meditations on the material trappings of bourgeois 
Italian life directly challenged the politically charged discourse proffered by artists of the burgeoning Arte Povera movement by suggesting that identity is constructed primarily around consumerism and commercial choices. Supra-realistic, subtly colored, luminous and large, his paintings suggest that subjectivity can be expressed through the width of a pinstripe, or that the social values of an entire decade can be located in a lady’s leather handbag (below). Regarded as a precocious genius pruned too soon by fate, Gnoli died in 1970 at the age of 36, a scant three months after an acclaimed solo exhibition at Sidney Janis Gallery in New York established him as a major talent.
Above. Corner, 1968. Acrylic and sand on canvas.
Luxembourg and Dayan Gallery – Domenico Gnoli. Alluding to the power, charm and bitter-sweetness of such timeless moments, Gnoli wrote, “I always use given and simple elements, I don’t want to add or subtract anything. I haven’t even ever wanted to distort: I isolate and represent. My themes are derived from current events, from familiar situations, from daily life; because I never actively intervene against the object, I can feel the magic of its presence.” The exhibition also includes a
 small group of drawings from “What is a Monster?,” a series in which Gnoli investigated the possibilities of a modern day bestiary. The works on view have been loaned from important private collections and museums, including the Fundación Yannick yBen Jakober in Majorca; the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf; the Fondazione MAXXI and the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome; and the Fondazione Orsi in Milan.
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