NEW YORK, NY – De Buck Gallery is pleased to announce an
upcoming exhibition by Italian artist Turi Simeti, entitled The
Primary Form of Painting. The exhibition will include black and
white works dating from the 1980s to present and will be
accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue with an essay by
Italian curator Elena Forin. The exhibition will be on view at
the gallery from April 17 to June 8, 2014, with an opening
reception on April 24, which the artist is scheduled to attend.
A member of the Italian branch of the international Zero
movement alongside such prominent artists as Lucio Fontana
and Enrico Castellani, Simeti’s work since the 1960s
represents a cornerstone of twentieth century Minimalist
tenets. Best-known for his recurrent use of the ovale to shape
the surface of monochromatic canvases, Turi Simeti has
dedicated his half-century long career to exploring variations
of graceful arrangements of these geometric forms within
solid fields of bold color. Simeti’s work embodies the desire of
Zero artists worldwide to create a simple, “silent” new kind
of art in the years following the tumult of World War II.
Simeti’s own personal desire to capture a sense of movement
through his use of the oval protrusions gives the work an
almost sculptural quality by creating unique plays of light
and form that hold the power to transform each canvas.
Turi Simeti was born in Alcamo, Sicily in 1929. After moving to Rome, Simeti became active as an artist in 1962 after becoming acquainted with Alberto Burri. In 1965, Simeti’s work was included in an exhibition of Zero artists held in Fontana’s studio, solidifying him as a valuable member of the group. Since then, his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and is included in prominent collections such as the MAM (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), the Museo d'Arte
Moderna di Bolzano (Bolzano, Italy), and the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum (Ludwigshafen,Germany). Upcoming exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice will honor the global Zero movement, drawing attention
to the critical historical importance of Simeti and his fellow artists. Turi Simeti currently lives and works in Milan.
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