The Collages of Louise Nevelson at the Galleria Gió Marconi

The Collages of Louise Nevelson at the Galleria Gió Marconi
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It is from collages that the exhibition OUT OF ORDER at the Galleria Gió Marconi finds its inspiration, highlighting it, through a careful examination, as a fundamental model for the artistic language of Nevelson, though not all-encompassing. The unexpected combination of found objects, paper and domestic materials, link the work of one of the principal voices in North American sculpture to a group of artists who explored the connections between collage, assemblage and sculpture, from predecessors Kurt Schwitters and Jean Arp to contemporaries Robert Rauschenberg and Giovanni Chamberlain. The project dedicated to the artist who died in New York in 1988, offers new points of view to the debate, study and analysis of the work of Nevelson in collage and sculpture, following the proposal of historian Yuval Etgar to divide her works according to key attributes. These attributes follow the composition of materials and technical approaches, including categories such as “containers”, “torn paper”, the use of spray paint, “discarded materials” and “daily objects”. Visitors are invited to reflect on the ample creative potential that Nevelson - one of the 213 artists of the 59. International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial, curated by Cecilia Alemani - was able to express through the remnants of daily life. The Milanese exhibition hosts an ample selection of collages that the artist, strongly influenced by the Cubist teachings she experienced during her travels through Europe, created, starting in the ‘50s, having wooden and paper supports dialogue in order to achieve original results with perspective. On the other hand, Nevelson was long associated with her capacity to transform the traditional environs of the home-front, from symbol of feminine sensitivity and the intimate sphere to a monumental expression of creative freedom. This result was obtained by experimenting with a new ecological approach to artistic creation - each element of home was recycled into a form of sculpture.

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