EXHIBITION: Mario Nigro. Meditazioni
CURATOR: Giorgio Verzotti
OPENING: Thursday 23rd March 2006 at 6 p.m
EXHIBITION DATES: 23rd March - 5th May 2006
HOURS: from Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
A arte Studio Invernizzi 2006
On Thursday 23rd of March 2006 from 6 p.m to 12 p.m., A arte Studio Invernizzi gallery presents an exhibition of Mario Nigro (Pistoia 1917 - Livorno 1992), in which an important series of work from1990-1991 titled 'Meditazioni' are exhibited.
"Mario Nigro's 'Meditazioni' mark a turning point in the artist's later output, a change of course after the paintings of the late 1980s. These followed the rupture of the 'Terremoto' (mid-1980s) that introduced breakage and disorder to methodical Nigro, the destructuring aspiration of the drive to the rational constructivist.
The line (...) of the 'Metafisica del colore' (late 1970s), now formed zigzags, then it became horizontal and shattered in the series of dots and patches of colour of 'Orme' (second half of the 1980s). The next phase was the overheated one of the vertical stratifications of brushstrokes named after the devil, no less, in the series entitled 'Dipinti satanici', a climax reached at the end of the 1980s, against which the artist then felt the need to react. This explains the totally different atmosphere of the 'Meditazioni', (...) series of squares or rectangles presented as small areas of colour on canvas or paper and created with monochrome strokes of oil paint on canvas or watercolour on paper, inevitably, the former are more dense and compact and the latter more liquid. Always visible as signs of manual skill, the brushstrokes, however, precisely define the geometric form they are intended to represent. Coloured forms are placed in sequence with the didactic allure of a catalogue, with the simple, disarming self-evidence of a repertoire of colour tones: they are basic linguistic elements distinguished by minimal variations.
Brushstrokes of pure, unmixed colour, partially superimposed in some cases, patches juxtaposed with patches and streaks with streaks, seem to be a clear reference to the late work of Monet, who, in a similar way, painted the trunks of his weeping willows, the arch of his Japanese bridge or the paths in his rose garden. (...) Thus the reference to the Impressionists is not meant to imply a stylistic affinity, but rather an ethical similarity, the common will to make painting an instrument of knowledge and reflection with regard to reality, to the world. Nigro, in fact, was concerned with the artist's social role epitomized by the Impressionists, who were revolutionary both in painting and in their ideological and existential choices (...)" so Giorgio Verzotti writes in the catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition that includes the reproduction of the works exhibited in the gallery, a writing of Mario Nigro and bio-bibliographical notes.
The exhibition will open on the occasion of "In Contemporanea", an event organized by the Provincia di Milano.
The gallery, after participating to Art Cologne in November 2005 and to Arte Fiera 2006 Bologna in January, will take part, during the current year, to MiArt from 30th of March to 2nd of April, to ArtBrussels from the 21st to the 24th of April, and to Art 37 Basel from the 14th to the 18th of June.