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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: In the matter of color, Dep Art Gallery, Milan (20 May–31 July 2020). Courtesy Dep Art Gallery. 

Turi Simeti Featured Artworks

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5 ovali rossi by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi Simeti5 ovali rossi, 2020Acrylic on canvas
90 x 180 cm
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2 ovali bianchi by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi Simeti2 ovali bianchi, 2020Acrylic on canvas
33 x 48 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
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Sei ovali bianchi by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi SimetiSei ovali bianchi, 2010Acrylic on shaped canvas
150 x 150 cm
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Sei ovali blu by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi SimetiSei ovali blu, 2015Acrylic on shaped canvas
100 x 200 cm
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Tre ovali bianchi by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi SimetiTre ovali bianchi, 1978Acrylic on shaped canvas
100 x 100 cm
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3 ovali bianchi by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi Simeti3 ovali bianchi, 1978Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
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Trittico nero by Turi Simeti contemporary artwork
Turi SimetiTrittico nero, 1976Acrylic on canvas
120 x 88 cm
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Turi Simeti Current & Recent Exhibitions

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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 GalleryMilan
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Spring at Almine Rech, Shanghai
Closed
17 April–6 June 2020 Group Exhibition Spring Almine RechShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Turi Simeti, White Paintings at Dep Art Gallery, Milan
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30 September–19 December 2015 Turi Simeti White Paintings Dep Art GalleryMilan

Turi Simeti Represented By

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

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