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Almine Rech

Turi Simeti : l'aventure monochrome(s)

Jan 6 — Feb 12, 2022 | Paris, Matignon
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Almine Rech in collaboration with Archivio Turi Simeti is pleased to present the first posthumous exhibition of Italian artist Turi Simeti (1929 – 2021), in collaboration with Archivio Turi Simeti, on view from January 6 to February 12, 2022.

The career of Turi Simeti (1929-2021) spanned the history of Italian art in the second half of the twentieth century. From 1961 onwards, his art was based on abstraction, monochromes, and oval motif. Without deviating from these concepts, Simeti established a radical language that he continued to develop over six decades.
“Turi Simeti: Monochrome Adventure” is the first solo show of the artist’s work in France since his death in the spring of 2021. An homage to this Sicilian artist, who settled in Milan beginning in the mid-60s, it offers a journey through sixty years of his art, highlighting the constants and variations of his work in its formats, motifs, and colors, up to one of his very last paintings, 3 ovali blu, 2020.
Marked by the masterful presence of Lucio Fontana, the monochrome adventure in Milan in the 60s and 70s had Turi Simeti as one of its central figures, along with Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Dadamaino, and Paolo Scheggi. Their aim was to reduce painting to its most elemental parts: color and form.

— Valérie Da Costa, art historian, art critic and curator

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Selected artworks

  • Turi Simeti,                                      3 ovali blu, 2020

    Turi Simeti 3 ovali blu, 2020

    Acrylic on shaped canvas
    120 x 100 cm
    47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in

  • Turi Simeti,                                      6 ovali argento, 2018

    Turi Simeti 6 ovali argento, 2018

    Acrylic on shaped canvas
    80 x 240 cm
    31 1/2 x 94 1/2 in
    In 3 parts

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Polittico colorato, 2006

    Turi Simeti Polittico colorato, 2006

    Acrylic on shaped canvas
    30 x 200 cm
    11 3/4 x 78 3/4 in
    In 5 parts

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Un ovale bianco, 1990

    Turi Simeti Un ovale bianco, 1990

    Wood collage on wood
    50 x 50 cm
    19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Un ovale nero, Un ovale bianco, 1982

    Turi Simeti Un ovale nero, Un ovale bianco, 1982

    Acrylic on shaped canvas
    100 cm
    39 3/8 in
    Diameter, each work

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Polittico nero, 1979

    Turi Simeti Polittico nero, 1979

    Acrylic on shaped canvas
    100 x 120 cm
    39 3/8 x 47 1/4 in

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Ovale, 1965

    Turi Simeti Ovale, 1965

    Enamel and graphite on paper
    70 x 100 cm
    27 5/8 x 39 3/8 in

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Quattro ovali rossi, 2015

    Turi Simeti Quattro ovali rossi, 2015

    Acrylic on shaped canvas
    100 x 200 cm
    39 3/8 x 78 3/4 in

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Omaggio all’ovale, 2006

    Turi Simeti Omaggio all’ovale, 2006

    Omaggio all’ovale, 2006
    23 x 23 x 23 cm
    9 x 9 x 9 in

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