February 2–May 5, 2019

Claudio Parmiggiani: Dematerialization

Gordon CAP Gallery

  • Claudio Parmiggiani. Untitled, 2014. Smoke and soot on wood, 15 x 15 in. Image courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York. © Claudio Parmiggiani

  • Claudio Parmiggiani. Untitled, 1975. Plaster and butterfly, 10 5/8 x 18 1/4 x 11 3/8 in. Image
    courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York. © Claudio Parmiggiani. Photo: Farzad Owrang

  • Claudio Parmiggiani. Untitled, 1975. Plaster, wood, metal, butterflies, and pigment, 9 7/8 x 11 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York. © Claudio Parmiggiani. Photo: Philippe De Gobert

  • Claudio Parmiggiani. Untitled, 2017. Smoke and soot on board, 55 1/8 x 39 3/8 in. Image courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York. © Claudio Parmiggiani. Photo: John Berens

Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani (b. 1943) resists classification. Though associated with the Arte Povera movement and conceptualism of the 1960s and ’70s, he works somewhere in between. His art evokes universal themes of time, absence, memory, and silence, while drawing on classical references as well as the subtle quietude of paintings by Giorgio Morandi. Parmiggiani’s signature process of “Delocazione” (displacement) was originally inspired by the silhouettes of dust left behind after objects were removed. For more than forty years, Parmiggiani has created his own version of this effect by stoking the flames from controlled combustions, filling rooms with smoke and capturing the outlines of objects in the resulting soot. Mirroring the technical process of photograms, these haunting images record the paradoxical presence of objects now absent. This will be the artist’s first museum exhibition in the United States.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

 

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