Friday, June 29, 2018

Venice: Alma Zevi - Odalisque With Red Culottes – Group Exhibition

Alma Zevi
Odalisque with Red Culottes
Group Exhibition

At the Alma Zevi gallery, until July 28, Odalisque with Red Culottes, a group exhibition, featuring ten international artists. The starting point of this exhibition is Henri Matisse’s paintings of nude female sitters, depicted against patterned backdrops or clothing. Some of the most vibrant of these are the Odalisques that he painted in the early years in the South of France. The title is borrowed from one such painting, executed in 1921. These paintings feature intense and colorful patterns, ranging from geometric to floral.
Polly Parts - Yay - 2015


David Hrankovic and Alma Zevi
Rade Petrasevic – Bring me Cocaine - 2018

Daido Moriyama – Tights in Shimotakaido – 2018

Matisse’s enormous influence, particularly on a younger generation of artists, continues until today, and so this exhibition offers a dialogue with the artists. All of whom are exploring the formal and conceptual relationship between the female body and patterns. These artists range from established names, such as the American painter William N. Copley (b.1919), French artist Aristide Maillol (b.1861) and the Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama (b.1938); to younger artists, such as the South African-British ceramicist Katy Stubbs (b.1992), Brazilian sculptor Juliana Cerqueira Leite (b.1981), Persian-Austrian artist Parastu Gharabaghi (b.1987), Polly Parts (b.1986), Vienna based Rade Petrasevic (b.1982) and Greek painter Sofia Stevi (b.1982).

William N. Copley – Untitled - 1964
Stephanie Lederle

  Katy Stubbs – Susanna and the Elders – 2018

Katy Stubbs

Henri Matisse - Verve Magazine VI No. 21/22 – 1948

To provide context, on show is a rare edition of Verve magazine from 1948. This monographic edition focused on Matisse’s work connected to Vence, France, including original lithographs made especially for the magazine. Reaching further back in time, the exhibition also includes woodcuts made at the turn of the century by Aristide Maillol (b.1861), the celebrated French sculptor. Incorporating historical works helps to analyze the homages and lineage across several generations of artists.

Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda


Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Concentric 6 – Concentric 8 – 2016

Naked or partially or clothed, some of the women depicted appear as decorative figures, while others act as empowered figures. They oscillate between women as mythological characters, women as symbols, women as part of a narrative, and women simply as women. The representations of women range from self-portraits to portraits, from figureheads to fictional characters. Thus the exhibition engages with an enduring topic: the relationship between model and artist. Are we looking at a subject or an object? The woman can be passive or active: seen through male or female eyes, or the viewer’s eyes, or her own eyes. So, ultimately, we are thinking about how to reconcile form and decoration with theory and narrative. One suggestion is that the lively patterns can be understood as accentuating the female subject’s presence on more levels than simply enhancing her physical sensual beauty. As John Elderfield wrote, Matisse said his models “are never just ‘extras’ in an interior” but “the principal theme in the work”.

Chiarastella Cattana

Parastu Gharabaghi – Untitled - 2018

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Venice: Palazzo Contarini Polignac – Magazzino Gallery – Maria Grazia Rosin – d’arZento Landscape 2018 - opening party photos


Palazzo Contarini Polignac – Magazzino Gallery
Maria Grazia Rosin – d’arZento Landscape 2018

On at Palazzo Contarini on the Canal Grande in the Magazzino Gallery, renowned glass artist, Maria Grazia Rosin’s exhibition d’arZento Landscape 2018, until July 15. The exhibition also hosts the design project by Valerio Ferrari, A chair in a chair in a chair chair in a chair… under a table table table… and the photographic project by Paolo Balbo entitled Sources Dichotomy.

Maria Grazia Rosin and Valerio Ferrari

  Photograph courtesy Maria Grazia Rosin

d.arZento Landscape 2018
Reflected Reflection

“Theme of the double, of the alternative universe, of beauty and divination. The mirror, besides being a symbol of deception, fleetingness and vanity, also depicts the opposite; truth, eternity and reality .... In other cultures the mirror is attributed to the power to materialize the past, the present and the future ......”
Maria Grazia Rosin

d.arZento Landscape 2018 is composed of blue oval pirex glass treated with luster and mirrored. The core of the work is composed of five mirrored modular elements of different volumes that can be repeated indefinitely. A landscape that extends to the prolific multiplication of liquid mirror cells in dynamic interaction with the environment. The project was conceived in collaboration with Ongaro and Fuga Murano.

  Photograph courtesy Maria Grazia Rosin

Paolo Balbo - Sources Dicotomy 2017
B/W photographs – installation views  -
 Water Art  - Museo Nazionale Villa Pisani Stra - 2017

Ariele Butaux and Bikim de Montebello

Romi Loch Davis, Catherine Kovesi, Alexandra Voltan and
Lisel Odenweller

Maria Grazia Rosin - Venussiani Zebra - 2001
Serie Venussiani

A pair of twin and spectacular sculptures in blown black and white glass. Creatures of zoo-fitomorphic inspiration. Glass bulbs that develop in sensual fluorescence, voracious valves and macroscopic pistils characterized by zebra stripes.

Carolina Gris, Silvia Dainese and Maruzza Bianchi Michiel

Roberto De Feo and France Thierard

Valerio Ferrari 
A chair in a chair in a chair chair in a chair… under a table table table…

Four tables and eight chairs that fit inside each other.  Commissioned by the Theater of Atelier in Paris, the tables are in varnished plywood. The folding chairs, which have a back-patented closing system are also in varnished plywood with reinforced screwed steel plates.

Azzolina degli Azzoni Avogadro and Mario Anton

Manuela Zecca, Mara Bottega and Andrea de Robilant

Alessandra Zoppi and Stefano Gris

Maria Grazia Rosin - Gelatine Lux Siderali
Serie Gelatine Lux – 2009

The six suspended Opaline glass, LED optical fiber lights are bioluminescent, fluctuating alien creatures with milky forms and iridescent synapses of an extraterrestrial world.

Alberto Franchetti and Catherine Kovesi


Alessandra Valmarana, Manuela Gallimberti, Josefina Alzetta and 
Ida Zilio-Grandi

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