Artvisor for Italian Hospitals
Today, Italy continues to struggle against the novel Coronavirus. We decided to help out by joining forces with a group of Italian artists and support Italian hospitals in the ongoing crisis.
Throughout April, we focused on a different medium each week starting with photography, followed by painting, and ending with drawing, each featuring works by three Italian artists.
More than half of our proceeds for each sale will be donated to the Protezione Civile, in aid of the Italian healthcare system. We hope you will join us in helping a country which has blessed us all with centuries of marvellous art, while also adding a beautiful artwork to your collection.
You can find all artworks on offer below, please enquire for availability.
Rä di Martino
Abandoned Movie Props (Siege Tower), 2011
Archival pigment print on baryta paper, framed
60 x 60cm
€4,500 (Ed. 2 of 2)
[showhide type=”post” more_text=”More info…” less_text=”Less info…”]Inspired by her background in theatre, Rä di Martino (b. 1975 Rome, lives and works in Italy) oscillates between reality and fiction in her photography. In Abandoned Movie Props (Siege Tower), an empty film set becomes a stage in which to question the ‘realness’ of what we see. At first, the central tower appears as a strong and resilient edifice set against its barren and deserted surroundings. However, on closer inspection, we notice that its surface is rusting and ageing…Her cross-disciplinary works have been exhibited at several international institutions and film festivals, including MoMA-PS1, New York; Tate Modern, London; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; MCA, Boston; the Busan Biennial; and Manifesta. Her films were presented and awarded at the Venice International Film Festival and Art Film|Art Basel, amongst other institutions. Di Martino graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and obtained an MFA from the Slade School of Art.
Dicembre diciannove, 2019
Giclee print on cotton paper, dibond, framed
90 x 130cm
€9,000 (AP) — SOLD
[showhide type=”postt” more_text=”More info…” less_text=”Less info…”]Giovanni Ozzola (b. 1982 Florence, lives and works in the Canary Islands) is renowned for capturing the convergence of organic and man-made structures. In Dicembre diciannove, we see a soft, coastal light crawling into an abandoned space. Harmony is created through a series of contrasts: between nature and artifice, beauty and decay, and light and dark. Ozzola skilfully balances the cool blue tones of the sea with the warmth of the Mediterranean light and terrain, revealing the profound and pervading beauty of the natural world. This piece draws on a recurrent motif in Ozzola’s oeuvre: the image of a platform suspended over the sea. It also reveals the artist’s lifelong fascination with the movement of light. This work affirms Ozzola’s mastery in photography, as he captures the oft-unnoticed passing moment. Ozzola’s works feature in many collections internationally, including the Palais de Tokyo and Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; Fosun Foundation and Star Museum, Shanghai; and Voorlinden, Wassenaar, the Netherlands.
Filippo Piantanida & Roberto Prosdocimo (FRP2)
Teatro alla Scala_Ballerina, 2009
Lambda print on aluminium, framed
120 x 80cm
[showhide type=”posttt” more_text=”More info…” less_text=”Less info…”]Filippo Piantanida (b. 1979 Varese, lives and works in Milan and Lugano) and Roberto Prosdocimo (b. 1970 Pordenone, lives and works in Milan) are known both for their collaborative partnership, FRP2, and as artists in their own right. A research-based initiative, FRP2’s experimental photographic practice centred around places that are at once recognisable, enigmatic and disorientating despite giving the viewer an overarching sense of familiarity. In this image, a ballerina stands precisely in the centre of the frame, enclosed by a grand and empty theatre: La Scala in Milano. The dreamlike scene gives the impression that the ballerina is frozen in time, free from reality, and forever held in this photograph’s perfect moment. This particular work was chosen as La Scala is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Milan, one of the cities most affected by the Corona outbreak in Italy.Piantanida and Prosdocimo have received national and international recognition for their work, securing the National Association of Professional Photographers of Italy, 2009 and the Premio Arte Laguna, 2008 photo awards. Through the Unconventional Place Art Project they have exhibited in Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Turin and Milan, as well as in the Arte Laguna Collection in Treviso and Venice.
1592 Mappa, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 70cm
[showhide type=”post4″ more_text=”More info…” less_text=”Less info…”]Painting, and in particular colour, has always been the main means of expression for Italian artist Claudio Verna (b. 1937). The relationship between colour, form and space is the focus of his ongoing research. In 1592 Mappa, the vividity and brightness of the yellow pigment projects the centre of the work towards the viewer. Framed by soft and subtle orange and red hues, this textured work appears complete, creating an organic microcosm.
Verna is one of the founders and leading proponents of Pittura Analitica (‘Analytical Painting’), a movement born in the late 1960s which could be seen as the Italian response to American minimalist painting. With a career spanning over 50 years, Verna has has exhibited internationally at several institutions throughout Europe, the US and Latin America, as well as the Venice Biennale in 1970 and 1980. A major retrospective of his works was held at Cardi Gallery London in 2018, curated by Piero Tomassoni.
Acrylic on canvas
65 x 50cm
[showhide type=”post5″ more_text=”More info…” less_text=”Less info…”]Max Renkel (b. 1966) produces paintings that veer between pure abstraction and representational elements. This often entails a study of colour and composition causing separate entities to merge and morph to create forms that are at once familiar and alien.
Renkel has exhibited in major galleries and museums across Europe, including the Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome; Studio Sales, Rome and the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. The German-born artist has been living and working in Rome for the past 20 years.
Oil on canvas
40 x 30cm
[showhide type=”post6″ more_text=”More info…” less_text=”Less info…”]Francesco Patriarca (b. 1974) is an Italian multimedia artist who finds inspiration from the subtle movements and vibrancies of the natural world around him. In this abstract work, Patriarca’s rich and warm palette is reminiscent of a sunset, the orange impasto acting as the last flecks of light seen before the day comes to a close. Untitled is part of an ongoing cycle of works that are conceived of as the artist’s personal diary.
Patriarca has shown his work extensively in site-specific installations, museums and private institutions across the world, including the MAXXI, Rome; MADRE, Naples; Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas; Apothecaries’ Garden, Moscow; Next Level Project Space, London; Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi; Torrence Art Museum, California and the Dactyl Foundation, New York.
Primavera (Spring), 1964
India ink on paper
30 x 20cm
[showhide type=”post7″ more_text=”More info…” less_text=”Less info…”]For the Swiss-Italian artist Luigi Pericle (1916-2001), art was the only ‘essential way to express Truth’. Spring, the season which sees the birth of new life, is symbolised here in one of the artist’s celebrated gestural and quasi-calligraphic ink drawings. The work reveals Pericle’s interest in the fundamental structures that exist within nature’s various and marvellous forms. He believed that art has the ability to raise awareness of important global issues, and in turn, produce widespread social good.
Pericle’s work was recently celebrated at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, 2019. His works first entered the European art scene in the 1960s, with the support of Arthur Tooth & Sons Gallery in London and of the art critic Sir Herbert Read. Pericle’s work is widely collected in Europe and the United States.
Last Supper, 2019
Bic pen on paper
37 x 32cm
[showhide type=”post9″ more_text=”More info…” less_text=”Less info…”]Giuseppe Stampone (b. 1974) is renowned for his insightful and critical take on social and political issues of our time. This work depicts Jeff Koons’ ‘Hanging Heart’, challenging our ideas on ‘love’ and relationships. The lone figure reflected in the pendant contradicts a typical image of the ‘Last Supper’, as text and image oppose logical and associated meaning. Stampone uses symbolism to question the world around us, linking to his interest in collective activism. His drawings using Bic pens create incredibly detailed and illusionistic portrayals.
Stampone has exhibited across Europe, North America and Asia. His works have been included in major exhibitions such as the Biennial of Architecture in Seoul in 2017 and the Venice Biennale in 2015. In 2018 he exhibited at the CIAC – Centro Italiano Arte Contemporanea in a solo show alongside Ugo La Pietra. In 2013, he was invited to a residency in the Young Eun Museum of Contemporary Art of Gwangju in South Korea. He is also an associated member of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in New York.
rjbm_17.02.12_02.01_encephalartos horridus, 2012/2014
Paper revere platinum 100% cotton 300 gr emulsified with silver salts, mounted on rising museum cardboard and on dbond, two glasses, silkscreen printed and plexiglass
65 x 50cm
[showhide type=”post8″ more_text=”More info…” less_text=”Less info…”]Michele Guido (b. 1976) focuses on the relationship between nature, history and architecture, often considering the garden as a place of profound artistic inspiration. In this work, the artist includes a scan of a leaf taken from encephalartos horridus, the Eastern Cape blue cycad, thought to exist as far back as the Mesozoic era. Guido therefore honours the plant as a ‘living fossil’, found in the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid. From the leaf stems a geometrical composition consisting of two overlapping pentagons, their opposite vertices in turn creating an abundance of new shapes.
The artist has exhibited across Europe, including at Palazzo Borromeo in 2018, at Lia Rumma in 2013, and the Biennale of Drawing at FAR in 2014. He took part in the residency project “Made in Filandia” in 2011 and won the young sculptors’ prize awarded by Fondazione A. Pomodoro in 2008.