Salvo

Salvo

Senza titolo

2006

Penone

Giuseppe Penone

Braccio

1974
 

Emilio Prini

Emilio Prini

Monaco

1971

Janis Kounellis

Janis Kounellis

Senza titolo

1966

Alighiero Boetti

Alighiero Boetti

Tavola Pitagorica

1988

Giulio Paolini

Giulio Paolini

Senza titolo

1974

Mario Merz

Mario Merz

Senza titolo

1976

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Panni

1962/81

Pierpaolo Calzolari

Pierpaolo Calzolari

Sale piombo legno bruciato

1988

Alighiero Boetti

Alighiero Boetti

Per nuovi desideri

1977

Mimmo Paladino

Mimmo Paladino

Il giudizio di Paride

1983

Enzo Cucchi

Enzo Cucchi

Piccolo legno

1983-1984

Nicola De Maria

Nicola De Maria

Sette fiori

1986

Luigi Mainolfi

Luigi Mainolfi

Dune verdi

2013

Bruno Benuzzi

Bruno Benuzzi

Fosforomanzia

2014

Salvo

Salvo

Funghi

1982

Felice Levini

Felice Levini

Italia spezzata

1994

Giuseppe Salvatori

Giuseppe Salvatori

Rumba

1987

Giuseppe Salvatori

Giuseppe Salvatori

Cha cha cha

1987

Luciano Bartolini

Luciano Bartolini

Senza titolo

1981

Antonio Faggiano

Antonio Faggiano

Monna Gisa

1996

Giuseppe Maraniello

Giuseppe Maraniello

In-Es

2012

 

Aldo Spoldi

Aldo Spoldi

La bottega del caffè

1982

 

 

Luigi Ontani

Luigi Ontani

Esca grottesca trentinesca

 

Press Release

Ierimonti Gallery opens its new location in New York presenting an overview of the extensive and prolific Italian art panorama of the 1970s and the 1980s.While politics and economics underwent a profound transformation and culture transitioned from progressive modernism to the postmodernist weak thought, Italian art at the time elaborated old and new themes using the most disparate materials. Artists shifted from using industrial materials such as iron, coal, wood bundles, neon, mirrors, terracotta—common in Arte Povera (Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Alighiero Boetti, Pierpaolo Calzolari, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini)—to dismantling installations and favoring paint and color—popular among Transavanguardia, Anacronisti and Nuovi Nuovi.

A new creativity flourished in those transitional years: the harsh ideology of the economic miracle years and the 1968 protest gave way to reconnecting with the past. The new generation of artists after Arte Povera and Conceptualism rediscovered the value of painting, history and two-dimensionality, while maintaining an evolutionary vision of art. The world, explored through the installations and actions of the 1960s and 1970s, dematerializes into the canvas with the birth of Transavanguardia (Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente, Nicola De Maria) launched by Achille Bonito Oliva in the mid-1970s. In the same years a new group of artists from different areas of the peninsula emerges, supported by Renato Barilli, Francesca Alinovi and Roberto Daolio: the Nuovi Nuovi.

 

 

Today, Ierimonti Gallery rediscovers and revives this group, after the success of their first exhibition at the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York in 1980. This versatile group of artists draws an imaginary, intangible and symbolic portrait of the Italian cultural context of those years. With an eclectic and retrospective attitude, the Nuovi Nuovi embraced the idea of “different repetition” (Gilles Deleuze, Renato Barilli), or the repetition of the past, retour à, and the value of quotations. The ideological and conceptual lightning leads artists like Luigi Ontani, Bruno Benuzzi, Felice Levini, and Salvo to self-figurative, colorful and ironic forms. An empirical chromaticism replaces the political black and white, with Luciano Bartolini’s poetic, initiatory and contemplative visions, Giuseppe Maraniello’s and Luigi Mainolfi’s material dexterity, Aldo Spoldi’s post- pop irony, and Antonio Michelangelo Faggiano’s retrieval of erudite and mythological images.

 

With “Back to the 80’s. From Arte Povera to the Rediscovery of Nuovi Nuovi,” Ierimonti Gallery aims to explore a movement rich in expressive potential and not yet inflated from the market, and to reconstruct its historical context and grammar.

 

For press images and inquiries please contact: 

Francesca Cigola | Gallery & Exhibitions Manager

francesca@ierimontigalleryusa.com

+1 212 581 1619