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b. 1929, Italy

Turi Simeti Biography

Along with artists like Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni and Agostino Bonalumi, Turi Simeti played an active role in the Zero art movement of 1960s and 1970s. Still actively creating today, Simeti is considered a true pioneer, a 'maestro,' of 20th and 21st Century Italian art. Minimalist in conception, for the last 50 years, Simeti's work has comprised of dynamic patterns of ovals that dance across the monochromatic surfaces of shaped canvases. This focused combination of color and shape speaks to Simeti's concern with emphasizing the physical presence of the artwork itself, rather than an expression of the artist's voice. Just as Fontana helped found Spazialismo with his punctured canvases, for decades Simeti has broken through key tenants of minimalism to explore the play of light on shapes created on monochromatic and tactile canvas surfaces. Simeti’s works exist not as single entities but as an active experience of color and shape, and ultimately a capturing of the dynamism that exists between these two aesthetic elements.

Exhibition view: Turi Simeti, Turi Simeti. Works 1960 - 2020, Dep Art Gallery, Milan (8 September–22 December 2020). Courtesy Dep Art Gallery.

Turi Simeti Featured Artworks

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3 ovali neri by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi Simeti3 ovali neri, 2011Acrylic on shaped canvas
40 x 40 cm
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Un ovale grigio by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi SimetiUn ovale grigio, 1970Acrylic on shaped canvas
80 x 100 cm
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7 ovali gialli by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi Simeti7 ovali gialli, 2015Acrylic on shaped canvas
80 x 80 cm
Tornabuoni Art Contact Gallery
Sei ovali bianchi by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi SimetiSei ovali bianchi, 2010Acrylic on shaped canvas
150 x 150 cm
Tornabuoni Art Contact Gallery
Sei ovali blu by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi SimetiSei ovali blu, 2015Acrylic on shaped canvas
100 x 200 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Tre ovali bianchi by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi SimetiTre ovali bianchi, 1978Acrylic on shaped canvas
100 x 100 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
3 ovali bianchi by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi Simeti3 ovali bianchi, 1978Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Trittico nero by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi SimetiTrittico nero, 1976Acrylic on canvas
120 x 88 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery

Turi Simeti Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Turi Simeti, Turi Simeti. Works 1960 - 2020 at Dep Art Gallery, Milan
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8 September–22 December 2020 Turi Simeti Turi Simeti. Works 1960 - 2020 Dep Art Gallery, MilanMilan
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In the matter of color at Dep Art Gallery, Milan
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20 May–31 July 2020 Group Exhibition In the matter of color Dep Art Gallery, MilanMilan
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Spring at Almine Rech, Shanghai
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17 April–6 June 2020 Group Exhibition Spring Almine Rech, ShanghaiShanghai

Turi Simeti Represented By

Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium Almine Rech Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai

Turi Simeti In Video & Audio

Turi SIMETI video Exhibition Opere Dep Art Gallery Milan 2020 curated by Demetrio Paparoni Related Video & Audio Turi SIMETI video Exhibition Opere Dep Art Gallery Milan 2020 curated by Demetrio Paparoni 26 September 2020, Dep Art Gallery

Dep Art Gallery is excited to present the video of the solo exhibition Turi Simeti. Works 1960 - 2020 which opened its doors for the public concomitantly with Milan Art Week on September 8 th. For all those who have not yet had the chance to come by, this video is a fantastic opportunity to explore about 20 artworks which Antonio Addamiano has...

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