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Aesthetic Radicalism in 'Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in 'Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery 21 Jun 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee Seung-taek, in which...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion Ocula Report 'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion 21 Jun 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...

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Pino Pinelli

b. 1938, Italy

Pino Pinelli was born in 1938 in Catania, Italy. Pinelli’s works explore the essence of painting itself through the innovative use of materials and formal experiments, creating mixed-media geometric forms which mimic either outlines or geometric trails. Pinelli was one of the leading artists of Analytical Painting, defined by art critic Filiberto Menna and characterized by the artists’ interest in the material components of the painting and the relationship between the painting and the artist.

Having studied art in Catania, Pinelli moved to Milan in 1963 where he became attracted to the artistic debates of influential artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, and Enrico Castellani, as well as other artists from the Zero group. In the early 1970s Pinelli began paring down his works developing a series of monochrome paintings. From 1973 his works are titled simply Painting, followed by the first letter of their colour (R for red). Pinelli’s Topologies and Monochromes series focus on the painted surface and experiment with the juxtaposition and combination of smaller paintings on a large canvas. Later, in his Disseminations series from 1976 the wall itself becomes part of the work thus breaking down the relationship between the painting and its surroundings. In the same years, Pinelli stopped using canvas instead opting for materials such as flannel, giving the work a tactile component.

Without any fundamental attachment to the space in which they reside, Pinelli’s paintings cannot be comfortably categorised thus allowing them to grow, without the boundaries of a canvas, into often expansive, modular and dynamic forms. By moving the painting away from the canvas, Pinelli challenged the traditional conception of painting and enriched the constantly-evolving dialogue between art and life.

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Featured Artworks

Pittura GR by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura GR, 1993 Mixed media
35 x 40.5 x 2 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Pittura R 畫作 R by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura R 畫作 R, 2007 Mixed media
40 x 80 x 2 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Pittura R by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura R, 2005 Mixed media
10 x 37 x 24 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Pittura GR by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura GR, 1996 Mixed media
Pearl Lam Galleries
Pittura R by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura R, 1997 Mixed media
Pearl Lam Galleries
Pittura 86 by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura 86, 1986 Mixed media
Pearl Lam Galleries

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Materialised Sentiments at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
Closed
17 January–13 March 2016 Group Exhibition Materialised Sentiments Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai

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The space of painting: 'Pittura,' Pino Pinelli's solo exhibition Related Press The space of painting: 'Pittura,' Pino Pinelli's solo exhibition Randian : 23 May 2016

“I cannot possibly understand those artists who place themselves in front of the canvas as if it was a surface to be filed up with colors and shapes, following a taste that is more or less appreciable. They trace out a sign, walk a few steps back, look carefully at what the have just done, bend their head, half close their eyes, then jump...

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