The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, September 23, 2019

Luhring Augustine exhibits a selection of recent mirror paintings by Michelangelo Pistoletto
Description: Description: cid:image003.jpg@01D3526D.F42C6760

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Scaffali – pezzi meccanici, 2015. Silkscreen on super mirror polished stainless steel, 59 x 98 3/8 inches. © Michelangelo Pistoletto; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galleria Christian Stein, Milan, and Simon Lee Gallery, London / Hong Kong.

NEW YORK, NY.- Luhring Augustine announced the opening of Scaffali, an exhibition by the renowned Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, marking his fourth solo presentation at the gallery.

Michelangelo Pistoletto (b. 1933, Biella, Italy) is a founding father of the Arte Povera movement and widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of his generation. For over half a century, Pistoletto has sought to merge art and life through sculptural installations, experimental performances, and, most famously, his iconic mirror paintings, which serve as the foundation of his artistic practice. Comprised of photo-silkscreened images on highly polished stainless steel, these signature works were developed in 1962 and represent the artist’s dual interest in conceptualism and figuration. By working with a reflective surface, Pistoletto enables the viewer to become an integral part of the piece while the subject of the work is drawn into the activity of the gallery space.

Scaffali, the Italian word for shelves, brings together a selection of recent mirror paintings whose portrayal of industrial storage units presents a tension between the aesthetic and utilitarian. Among the objects depicted are tools and vessels belonging to various trades, including paint canisters, camera lenses, and automotive parts. While Pistoletto has typically relied on the mirror’s reflective surface to seamlessly integrate pictorial space with the physical space of the viewer, the Scaffali paintings appear to complicate this relationship. The shelves allude to notions of dormancy and stasis, and, as photographic images, they are also emblematic of a fixed time and place. By contrast, the mirror’s reflection of the present moment and its unique capacity to introduce endlessly fluctuating content challenges the inherent stability imposed by the shelf’s frame. As the shelves occupy the majority of the picture plane, thereby minimizing the viewer’s participation, the Scaffali paintings foreground their object-like status and command a strong sculptural presence.

Pistoletto has exhibited extensively since the 1950s, and his work is owned by numerous museums and institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; MAXXI, Rome; Serpentine Gallery, London; Musée du Louvre, Paris; Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. Pistoletto’s work has been presented in major international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale on twelve separate occasions and four iterations of Documenta. He has received several awards throughout his distinguished career, including the prestigious Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2003, the Wolf Foundation Prize for the Arts in 2007, and the Praemium Imperiale Award for Painting in 2013. The artist lives and works in Biella, Italy where he founded the interdisciplinary laboratory Cittadellarte to promote the use of art to foster social change. Cittadellarte’s primary mission is centered upon The Third Paradise, conceived in 2003 as the promise of a future realm in which nature and society will coexist in harmony.

Today's News

November 6, 2017

Clark Art Institute exhibition studies less-explored aspects of Impressionist works

The tricky process of returning Nazi-looted art

Elegant Home Auction to offer nearly 900 diverse pieces at Bonhams Los Angeles

French court to rule on Nazi-looted Pissarro painting

LACMA's seventh annual Art+Film Gala honors Mark Bradford and George Lucas and raises more than $4.4 million

Zahi Hawass criticises pyramid void 'discovery'

The Morgan explores the story behind the creation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol

Exhibition focuses on one of the finest collections of European art ever to have been formed in the U.S.

Artist Hito Steyerl heads 2017 edition of ArtReview's annual Power 100

Laurence Miller Gallery opens exhibition of photographs by Wendell MacRae

Tibor de Nagy opens a solo exhibition of work by contemporary artist Jim Butler

Matthew Marks opens exhibition of seven new sculptures by Katharina Fritsch

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery opens a new exhibition by British artist Phil Collins

Group exhibition rewrites the rulebook for experiencing a work of art

Luhring Augustine exhibits a selection of recent mirror paintings by Michelangelo Pistoletto

Major exhibition dedicated to Sheila Hicks opens at Museo Amparo

Exhibition of drawings and paintings by Neil Jenney on view at Gagosian

Gabriel Rico's debut exhibition in New York on view at Perrotin

Prints & Multiples surpass $2.6 million at Heritage Auctions, set world-records for contemporary artists

Sean Kelly opens exhibition of new work by David Claerbout

Major survey celebrating Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama opens in Brisbane

Jewels, Faberge and objets d'art from the collection of HRH Princess Margaret to be auctioned

Pérez Art Museum Miami opens first career survey devoted to the work of Dara Friedman

Saffronart's Kochi-Muziris Biennale Fundraiser Auction raises $425,000 USD for the biennale

chin(A)frica on view at the Institute of Fine Arts Duke House

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful