Saturday, January 27, 2018

Venice: Ca' Pesaro – Veneziano Pop – Luciano Zarotti

 Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art
Veneziano Pop - Luciano Zarotti e Ca' Pesaro negli anni '70-'80
At Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art, Veneziano Pop - Luciano Zarotti e Ca' Pesaro negli anni '70-'80 is curated by Stefano Annibaletto and Marina Wallace and is on view until February 18.  The new exhibition project reconsiders a nodal aspect of Luciano Zarotti's work between the early 70s and the late 80s.  

Luciano Zarotti – Il Pittore e la Modella (Lo Studio del maestro)
1979 -2017 – oil – tempera grassa on canvas

Luciano Zarotti – Il Segreto del Pittore
1982 – oil – tempera magra on canvas

Luciano Zarotti – La Stanza
1974 – tempera magra on canvas
In 1967 Luciano Zarotti, at the age of twenty-five, started his activity within the Opera Bevilacqua La Masa of Venice in one of the ateliers given to young artists at Palazzo Carminati; where he worked until 1975. Previously, in Paris, where he had lived, the impact with European Pop Art shakes deeply his visual culture based on the Venetian figurative tradition. Since coming into contact with Graham Sutherland’s drawings, Zarotti's emotional rapture for the nature, the islands and the water of the lagoon is grafted into a plant symbolism that becomes a prominent element in the composition of his paintings and together with the discovery of David Hockney's pools, his dives and his blues, these images stretch in a score concerted on a new perception of the space.

Photograph courtesy MUVE – Ca Pesaro

Luciano Zarotti – La Dea dell’Abbondanza
1973 – oil on canvas
Luciano Zarotti’s large paintings, made since the late 70s, move towards a realism and a composition that come closer to New Italian Figuration and evoke the tensions of the period with broken constructions, scratched figures, a darker palette and that attention to the light learned from the masters of the past. In 1987 an anthological exhibition at the Bevilacqua La Masa closes this extended artistic season, which will result in new pictorial researches.

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