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Rarely seen photos of the art punk scene in 1980s Naples will be on view at the Italian Cultural Institute from December 8, 2017 to January 12, 2018.
Against the backdrop of a city exacerbated by urban disaster, an unruly artistic movement emerged, calling themselves the "Neapolitan Savages," and for a brief moment, their utopian credo -- counter public corruption and the new political makeup with creative anarchy -- gave hope to a people debased by the oppressions throughout history.
Curated by Paolo Pontoniere and Toty Ruggieri, in collaboration with Comune di Napoli, Accademia di Belle Arti Napoli and Campania Felix LLC.
Friday, December 8, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco
601 Van Ness Ave, Suite F, Opera Plaza
Refreshments to follow | Free Admission | RSVP HERE
The breathtaking UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL allows exhibition goers to view one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements: Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced and artfully displayed in near original size in a format that allows viewers to get face to face with the artists masterpieces. Through an in-depth exhibit of 34 reproductions artfully displayed in an immersive environment, this innovative interpretation allows visitors to experience breathtaking pieces likeThe Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement as only few others have; a perfect experience for those who have seen the pieces in their grandeur in the Vatican City and want a closer look, or have never made the trip but want to experience the wonder and beauty themselves.
Di Donna Galleries is pleased to present Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965, an exhibition curated by Germano Celant that highlights the early career of the Italian artist Nuvolo (né Giorgio Ascani; 1926–2008). The exhibition features 20 works by Nuvolo, most of which have never been seen outside of Italy, contextualized by important works by other artists working in Italy, Spain, France, and the United States following World War II, including Alberto Burri, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Addie Herder, Piero Manzoni, Conrad Marca-Relli, Manolo Millares, Mimmo Rotella, Angelo Savelli, Salvatore Scarpitta, Toti Scialoja, Antoni Tàpies, and Cy Twombly.
Opening on November 14th in Marian Goodman Gallery’s Third Floor Project Space, we are pleased to host a special exhibition by Giuseppe Penone, which features a unique installation, A question of identity, (Una questione di identità), 2017, one of the most meditative works created by the artist to date. The exhibition will be on view through Friday, December 22nd.
Consisting of multiple works from 1981 to the present to create a whole installation, A Question of Identity crystallized in the artist’s mind over three decades ago, but was realized just this past year. With its incarnation here, Penone refines to a stringent purity his search for the expression of the elemental identity unique to all of us which defines the essence of his work, the unity between man and nature, and the search for our place within the incomprehensible magnitude of the natural world. In this exhibition, the artist offers us a glimpse of arrested time and of eternity through essential works which ask us to contemplate the identity of an imprint, the identity of a river stone, the identity of a grain of sand molded by the wind.
An Obsession with Michelangelo, The Fall of the Rebel Angels by Andrea Commodi exibition presents Commodi’s Study for The Fall of the Rebel Angels, an exceptional loan from Palazzo Pitti in Florence, together with a number of drawings from the Uffizi’s Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe. This striking and fascinating work introduces Andrea Commodi to an international audience, and provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the intense and innovative relationship that this inventive, though lesser-known artist, developed with the art of Michelangelo, whose works are now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the magnificent exhibition curated by Carmen Bambach, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.
A highly original artist, the painter Andrea Commodi (Florence, 1560-1638), active between Florence and Rome, was widely celebrated by his contemporaries for his skills as a copyist and relentless draftsman. An acquaintance of the Buonarroti family, he had access early on to the corpus of Michelangelo’s drawings still in their possession, which he faithfully copied and upon which he meditated all his life. When he was commissioned by Pope Paul V (1550-1621) to decorate the chapel of his palace (today the Quirinal Palace) with a program to rival Michelangelo’s Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, Commodi had the unique opportunity to measure himself against the master.
The subject of Commodi’s work was the Fall of the Rebel Angels. For unclear reasons, possibly the compelling but frightening comparison with Michelangelo’s Last Judgement, Commodi’s project for Paul V was abandoned, and all that is left is this preparatory study for the fresco.