Group exhibition: italian white

9 May - 15 July 2002

Bianco Italiano includes works by Arcangelo, Gianni Dessi, and Nunzio and Piero Pizzi Cannella, and is meant as an attempt to explore the work of Italian artists belonging to the same generation. Artists whose common denominator, in this specific case, is creating paintings and sculptures in the most vivid and original meaning of the word. 

In this exhibition one room of the gallery is dedicated to each artist. Arcangelo exhibits three new works: Far from men, and The Samnites, which are new signs of the completely poetic anthropology of the visible that has always distinguished his work, along with a new ceramic creation centring on the themes of house and garden. 

Nunzio exhibits three new sculptures, among which Absence, a sort of concave-convex sculptural surface created in black wood consumed by fire, outstanding for its huge size and for its extraordinary tension, which animates both its lightness and its plastic concreteness. 

Dessi offers three works: one an encaustic work on canvas, one an oil painting on a panel and mirror and a new work directly applied to the wall of the gallery, which represents a further elaboration of a work already presented on the occasion of the XII Quadriennale of Art in Rome. 

Three different moments, then, in the dialogue between the “inside” and the “outside” of painting and its communicability. 

Instead, in this exhibition, a work of Pizzi Cannella's appears to be outstanding: a monumental View, 2.80 X 8.10 m.; a work from 2001 which comes to life with a special destination. 

Pizzi Cannella's work, in fact, is a sort of homage by the artist to the tragic events in New York and in America of 9/11. Events which, as we all remember, violently overwhelmed any imagination of world public opinion, and also, one must say, of the artist. 

This huge canvas, which fully occupies a wall of the gallery, reveals a variably white and ochre surface, on which black signs appear as traces and shapes of flying black crows, signifying mourning and loss, not only human but also profoundly cultural, of something which had been recognized as the ideal of a presumed and absolutely “western” supremacy.