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Italian Artist Roberto Cuoghi's First Solo Show in the U.S. Opens at the Hammer
Roberto Cuoghi, Untitled, 2010. Mixed media on paper, acetate, 26 ¾ x 32 11/16 x 2 ¾ in. (68 x 83 x 7 cm). Courtesy Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi makes videos, sculpture, paintings, and drawings, in a variety of unconventional media, which expand on the possibilities for transformation and question our understanding of identity. For his most legendary work, the artist, at the time a pierced punk, decided to followed his father’s daily routine of eating, dressing and working, and eventually came to resemble the middle-aged man. He created a monumental sculpture after a tiny bronze statue from the collection of the Louvre, of an Assyrian deity Pazuzu, king of the demons of the wind. He hand-crafted a number of ancient musical instruments, which he then used in a musical accompaniment to his own singing of a lamentation from 612 b.c. invoking the protection of the Assyrian gods. For his Hammer Projects exhibition, his first solo show in the U.S., Cuoghi presents a new series of self-portraits depicting the artist in a variety of personae, as if he had traveled down a different path in life, along with a black Carrara marble sculpture of the demon god Pazuzu.

Roberto Cuoghi was born in Modena, Italy, in 1973 and lives and works in Milan. He studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2008); the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2008); Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Île de Vassivière, Beaumont du Lac, France (2008); and GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2003), among others. His work has been included in several important international exhibitions, including 10,000 Lives, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2010); Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York (2010); 21x21: Twenty-one artists for the Twenty-first Century, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2010); Making Worlds, Fifty-third Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2009); Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968–2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008–10); After Nature, New Museum, New York (2008); Fractured Figure: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2007); and Of Mice and Men, Fourth Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2006). He received a special mention for his work Mei Gui, featured in the Venice Biennale in 2009. This will be his first solo museum exhibition in the United States.



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