IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS THE SAATCHI GALLERY PRESENTED 15 OF THE 20 MOST VISITED MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS IN LONDON
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Gallery/Dealer Details - Studio la CittàThe Studio la Città gallery opened in Verona in 1969 and began by presenting shows by such artists as Lucio Fontana, Piero Dorazio, Mario Schifano, and Gianni Colombo.
During the ‘seventies its programme concentrated on the analytical and minimalist art of such artists as Ulrich Erben, Giorgio Griffa, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, and Robert Ryman and so set out on a programme that was as international as it was Italian.
During the Trans-avant-garde period in the 80s, the gallery continued to develop its interest in the chromatic minimalism of artists like Lawrence Carroll, Herbert Hamak, John McCracken, David Simpson, and Ettore Spalletti, in other words that area of interest that tested the boundaries between contemporary society and the purity of nature, between digital and analogical: for the first time it showed its public the works by Jacob Hashimoto and Hiroyuki Masuyama.
The great variety and complexity of contemporary art makes it impossible, and also extremely boring, to determine clearly the expressive forms that might act as a guide to the gallery’s programme. What we can state, though, is that the subtle link between the majority of the gallery’s choices over the years has been one of a search for artistic forms that might be considered silent and intimate. This is why we consider Gabriele Basilico, Alberto Garutti, Pierpaolo Calzolari, Ettore Spalletti, and Giulio Paolini the contemporary masters of the gallery, and also why we concentrate on complex forms using different media.
Studio la Città has recently proposed such artists as Victor Alimpiev, Eelco Brand, Arthur Duff, Izima Kaoru, David Lindberg, Steve Roden, Mikhael Subotzky, Timothy Tompkins, and Pablo Zuleta-Zahr. Recently, what’s more, the choice of artists has been extended to include the new languages of Indian art; the high point of this being a show called India Crossing which included the artists Riyas Komu, Hema Upadhyay, Nataraj Sharma, Valsan Koorma Kolleri, Ashim Purkayastha, Shilpa Gupta.
It seems to the gallery to be highly important to show the work of these artists who, even only apparently, use distinct expressive forms: in fact they are all interested in beauty, complexity, and interior coherence tinged with an interest in new, unexpected expressive combinations.
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