25 Nov 2016

The Great Beauty of Venice in ARTEin

The Great Beauty of Venice in ARTEin

At about a year from its opening, GR Gallery brings another crucial piece of its history – inextricably connected with Venice – to New York; GR Gallery explores different derivations of Optical art and Arte Programmata. The exhibition runs until 5 February 2017 at number 255 in Bowery and is curated by Giovanni Granzotto. It is a tribute to the relationship between the gallery and the art scene in Venice over the last forty years. Since the Fifties, and for about three decades, Venice has been a real hotbed for creativity, an international catalyser of clever minds and the co-creator of a unique moment in art history, taking its first steps from the Spatialist movement. Being aware that that was not the place to outline a complete background of the incommensurate events involving post-war Venetian art, the organisers chose six painters as protagonists of this exhibition; they are all Venetian by birth or adoption, and their personal and professional lives are interestingly intertwined in close relationships with the Gallery, in a close cooperation that led to their mutual growth. The artists chosen are the signatories of the manifestoes of Spatialism: Gino Morandis (1915-1994) and Virgilio Guidi (1891-1984); those artists who shared their inspirations and creative impulse with the movement, without ever formally joining it: Ennio Finzi (1930) and Riccardo Licata (1929-2014); the symbolist-surrealist painter Carmelo Zotti (1933-2007), gravitating towards the movement; and the Venetian master Emilio Vedova (1919- 2006), front and centre of post-war European formal art.On display six works by each painter, leading the visitor on an ideal path through different styles spanning from impetuous, informal signs and gestures, to synthetic, minimal perspectives, in a dimension where creativity is made possible by the extraordinary influence

of the famous city on the lagoon.

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