Tribute to Turi Simeti
May 7 - 23, 2021
Almine Rech is pleased to present the first posthumous presentation of Italian artist Turi Simeti (1929 – 2021), on view in the gallery’s Online Viewing Room from May 7 to 23, 2021.
Turi Simeti is widely recognized as one of the last representatives of the generation of Milanese artists who shook up Italian art during the second half of the 20th century. The selection will reflect signature elements of Turi Simeti’s career, conceived to celebrate the full scope of his artistic legacy.
Turi Simeti’s use of pure, saturated tones such as red or yellow is embodied by this selection of late works, created between 2014 and 2018. His works have a sculptural aspect, utilizing an oval shape made of wood that creates volume on the canvas. This signature technique produces different relief patterns on the surface of his paintings that invite a play of shadows and light across monochrome colors such as yellow, red or black. Employing the recurrent motif of the oval, Turi Simeti set out to develop an irregular writing system that would liberate the surface of the canvas from the principles of materiality, allowing nothing but silence.
Almine Rech organized several exhibitions with the artist throughout his life, including a retrospective titled Le Choix du Signe curated by Natacha Carron in Brussels in 2015. The same year, Almine Rech Editions published a monograph featuring an array of archival images. Turi Simeti’s work was also shown at Almine Rech Shanghai as part of the 2020 exhibition Spring and in Abstraction(s) at the Song Art Museum in Beijing in 2019, curated by Nicolas Trembley.
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Brian Calvin - NFTs on Foundation
Launching on May 8 at 3 PM EST, 2021
Almine Rech Editions is pleased to present a first-time collaboration with Foundation and contemporary artist Brian Calvin. Two animated NFTs by the artist will launch through the Foundation platform on May 8 at 3 PM EST.
View the NFTs here
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Almine Rech now represents Alejandro Cardenas
Almine Rech is pleased to announce the representation of contemporary artist Alejandro Cardenas in Europe, the United Kingdom, New York, and China.
Almine Rech hosted the artist's inaugural solo exhibition in Almine Rech New York in January 2021. His second solo exhibition, featuring new paintings and works on paper will take place at Almine Rech Paris, Matignon from June 30 to July 31, 2021.
Cardenas' work is currently featured in a group presentation at Almine Rech New York, Salon de Peinture, on view from April 29 to June 5, 2021.
The paintings and sculptures realized by Alejandro Cardenas (b. 1977, Santiago, Chile) provide a vision of a post-human world wherein the relationship between human forms and the environment is one of unity and coexistence. Guided by his own imagination and inspired by a wide variety of influences ranging from Surrealism to Sci-Fi to magical realism, Cardenas immerses himself in the creation of surreal, post-human scenes of polished, gridded interiors populated by eerie, angular figures. Cardenas' unique approach to figuration places his signature humanoids—narrow, wire-frame silhouettes wrapped in colorful patterns of zigzagging lines—calmly reclining, sitting, or standing within minimalist architectural environments. Unlike us, these faceless humanoids appear to lack all sensory organs, yet they are not deprived of their sensorial abilities. Instead, they convey emotion through body language, resulting in a wide variety of suggested emotional expression.
Alejandro Cardenas completed his BFA at the Cooper Union School of Art in 2000. Before becoming a full time studio painter, Cardenas had a successful career as a multimedia artist, working in illustration, graphic design, and videography. For over a decade, Cardenas served as the lead textile designer and art director for the influential fashion label Proenza Schouler. He was also a founding member of Lansing-Dreiden, a New York-based transdisciplinary art collective that produced musical albums, a literary journal, and artworks. Reviews of his art and design projects have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, AnOther Magazine, and more.
Alejandro Cardenas currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
The Warehouse Dallas - Talk
The Warehouse (Dallas) is organizing a Lunchtime Tour – OPTICS – to talk about how Mary Corse, Dadamaino, Robert Irwin, Charles Ray, and De Wain Valentine explore the complex dynamics of vision and the viewer’s awareness of their own perception.
🗓 Friday, April 23, 12pm (CST)
📝 Register through this link
“When I was a kid I used to collect rocks. I had a friend who was a stone polisher, and he would polish them for me. I think the interest in transparency and such goes way back—I was in junior high school then. Let's see, that would make it about nineteen fifty ... fifty ... Anyway, I was making things. I did a lot of polyester jewelry—cast, transparent things. It's really tied up with a lot of funny and funky things that go way back.”
– De Wain Valentine
De Wain Valentine, Concave Circle Pale Rose, 1968
Cast polyester resin, casted in 2017
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 9 inches (59.7 x 59.7 x 22.9 cm)
The Rachofsky Collection
Recent Museum Acquisitions and Donations
Almine Rech is pleased to share recent Museum Acquisitions and Donations, including works by Genieve Figgis, Madelynn Green, Ryoji Ikeda, Marcus Jahmal, Haley Josephs, Alexandre Lenoir, Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Vaughn Spann.
More information here.
One by One: Tom Wesselmann
March 23 – April 4, 2021
Nude Drawing 2/11/00 (9), (2000) demonstrates, along with many of the artist's works, how Tom Wesselmann looked to Henri Matisse during the entirety of his career. This particular artwork embodies Wesselmann's practice and exploration in his final years, where the image of the nude became more schematic and less specific.
Wesselmann Seen by Mickalene Thomas
« My favorite Wesselmann is Sunset Nude with Matisse (2002), in which he incorporates Matisse's painting La blouse roumaine (1940). Matisse's figurative works are such incredibly rich and powerful material to contend with that I can identify and sympathize with the allure they exerted on the artist. It seems to me that Matisse's cut-outs were a considerable, material influence in this later work as well, especially on the shaped aluminum Blue Nude pieces from the 2000s. »
- Mickalene Thomas, August 2011
© Mickalene Thomas, LLC.
Originally published in Tom Wesselmann (exhibition catalogue), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Delmonico Books, 2012.
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ALMINE RECH ASPEN, CO
Almine Rech looks forward to welcoming visitors at the gallery's location in Aspen, Colorado from June 4 to September 12, 2021. Opening with Nathaniel Mary Quinn, the space will then host two additional solo shows featuring Genesis Tramaine and Wes Lang, as well as two group exhibitions with new works by Almine Rech artists.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to expand our programming to Aspen this summer. Through our presentations there, we are eager to provide our artists with this new audience and to engage with such a spirited community of collectors and art lovers". — Almine Rech-Picasso
The gallery, just steps from the Aspen Art Museum, looks forward to welcoming and joining Aspen’s creative community for the summer season. The gallery will be open for walk-ins following proper safety measures, or by-appointment via email@example.com.
Almine Rech pays tribute to Turi Simeti
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Turi Simeti (1929-2021).
Born in 1929 in Sicily, Turi Simeti settled in Rome in 1958, where he regularly visited Alberto Burri's workshop. He started painting and made his debut amongst the artists of the Art Informel movement. Simeti moved to Milan in the early 1960s, where he met Fontana, Manzoni, Bonalumi and also Castellani who became one of his closest friend. In this climate of vibrant dialogue, the artist took part in the changes occurring at that time in European art history.
Simeti's first Milanese years led to a considerable number of experiences where the surface of his canvases became a space to be conquered with radical elements, drawn both from minimalism and the notion of the monochrome. Simeti creates in his works different types of tension on several formats, frequently relying on small-scale canvases to produce startling dimensions. Employing the motif of the oval, he has attempted to develop an irregular writing system that liberates the surface of the canvas from the principles of materiality, allowing nothing but silence.
Almine Rech organized several exhibitions with the artist including a retrospective titled 'Le Choix du Signe' curated by Natacha Carron in Brussels in 2015. The same year, Almine Rech Editions published a monograph including archive images.
Read more about the artist here.
Photo: Portrait of Turi Simeti, Milan, 2015 / Photo: Piotr Niepsuj - Courtesy of Almine Rech and Archivio Turi Simeti
Chloe Wise in 'Fantasy America' at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh announced upcoming 2021 exhibitions, including ‘Fantasy America’ featuring Chloe Wise from March 5 to August 30, 2021
‘Fantasy America’ invites New York-based artists Nona Faustine, Kambui Olujimi, Pacifico Silano, Naama Tsabar and Chloe Wise to revisit Andy Warhol’s seminal publication, America, and contribute through their own artistic practices.
‘Fantasy America’ is curated by José Carlos Diaz, chief curator. The exhibition catalogue includes contributions by Diaz, Jessica Lanay Moore, and Alan Pelaez Lopez.
Image: Chloe Wise, Tormented Untainted, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. © 2020 Chloe Wise / Artists rights Society (ARS), New York.
REOPENING: Johan Creten at the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici
We are delighted to announce the reopening of Johan Creten's exhibition "I Peccati" at the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici, until May 23, 2021
From Wednesday February 3, guided tours every day!
Except for Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Two time slots: 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Limited groups: 15 people maximum
Other slots may be opened in the coming weeks.
More information here.
Photo: © Gerrit Schreurs & Johan Creten Studio © ADAGP, 2021