Mazzoleni is pleased to announce its participation in THE ARMORY SHOW 2020, New York. The presentation will be twofold: one part of the booth will display photographic renderings of Red Regattaby Melissa McGill, while the main section will focus on MORE THAN WORDS..., a project based on the group show of the same title held at Mazzoleni London in 2018 with a number of modifications and reformulations.
The concept features works created from the 1950s to the present day, underlying the Dadaist and Futurist verbal and visual innovations, of which the latter were of particular relevance to certain Italian Post-War artists. Selected works by Italian and international artists whose practice is linked to the use of the 'word' or to the invention of a new 'code' or 'language' will be highlighted: Vincenzo Agnetti (1926-1981), Mel Bochner (1940), Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994), Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Jannis Kounellis (1936-2017), Rebecca Moccia (1992), Gastone Novelli (1925-1968), David Reimondo (b.1973), Mimmo Rotella (1918-2006), Salvo (1947-2015), Mario Schifano (1934-1998), Gianfranco Zappettini (1939).
The artists on display are interconnected by keywords characterising their own individual practice (concept–light–dictionary–pop–time–philosophy), identifying mutual affinities. Drawing inspiration from life itself and the kaleidescope of verbal, literary, philosophical and poetic types of communication, each artist has been able to transcend words beyond their meaning: more than words!
Similarities can also be found in the techniques and materials used: torn paper and collage characterise the works by young artist Rebecca Moccia (in the wake of her acclaimed exhibition presented at Museo Novecento in Florence, 2019-2020), as well as the significant 'décollages' by Mimmo Rotella, and the seminal, multi-material works by Mario Schifano, who was active in Rome concurrently with Jannis Kounellis. Kounellis' black letters on white backgrounds create a strong iconic and visual impact. These lines of research were developed within the context of the Italian economic boom and the explosion of mass culture and communication.
It is widely acknowledged that Lucio Fontana used to inscribe a variety of notes and phrases on the reverse of the canvas of his 'Concetti spaziali'. Concerned with language and different cultures, Alighiero Boetti's passionate interest motivated him to travel repeatedly to Afghanistan and Pakistan where he encountered highly skilled artisans whom he commissioned to realise his work. Boetti's 'embroidered' verbal-visual compositions combine letters, sentences, colours, and the idea of 'time' to achieve a unique form of 'depersonalization' of the work; the concept of time is also prominent in his 'Calendari' series.
Vincenzo Agnetti and Salvo share the 'lapidary' power of words and sentences engraved on felt, marble, or neon, whereas the practice of David Reimondo represents a novelty on the American art scene. David Reimondo's Etimografia is a macro-project embracing much of his latest research into 'language'. The artist has created a synthesis sui generis (featuring ideograms, pictograms and glyphs among other elements) and produced new 'graphemes' and new 'phonemes'. Each of these 'symbols' is the base element of a broader, more variegated project. This project came into being quite naturally as a perennial 'work in progress'. One series of pieces is composed of 'sculptures' (each around 40 x 40 x 6 cm) in wood coloured with ink for professional printers; a choice of matter and materials that brings together past and present, conjugating different operational practices. Reimondo's utopia is the development of a new language–in the most absolute sense of the term–that overcomes those predefined barriers.
A separate area of the booth will be dedicated to a series of large scale hand-painted photographic renderings of Red Regatta by American artist Melissa McGill (b.1969), which Mazzoleni is proud to present at the Armory Show for the first time. This body of work is part of her major public art project Red Regatta, an unprecedented series of four large-scale site-specific performances on Venice's waterways between May and September 2019: 52 traditional vela al terzo boats sailed in choreographed regattas, each with sails hand-painted by the artist in distinct shades of red. An innovative reflection on environmental issues and historical traditions, Red Regatta was presented in collaboration with Associazione Vela al Terzo Venezia, curated by Chiara Spangaro, with project manager Marcella Ferrari, co-organised by Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, with support from Mazzoleni. This presentation is intended as a prelude to the first exhibition that Mazzoleni London will dedicate to Melissa McGill from 29 April—29 May 2020. Mazzoleni officially represents Melissa McGill in Europe and Asia.
LOCATION & DATES
711 12th Avenue
Pier 90 and Pier 94
New York City
2020 VIP PREVIEW
Wednesday, 4 March
2020 PUBLIC DAYS
Thursday, 5 March | 12–8 pm
Friday, 6 March | 12–8 pm
Saturday, 7 March | 12–7 pm
Sunday, 8 March | 12–6 pm