Giorgio Griffa - painting the evolving: Dipingere il divenire

12 March - 14 May 2009

Opening on Tuesday, March 12th, at 6:00 pm is the personal exhibition of Giorgio Griffa, titled "Paint the Evolving". Giorgio Griffa is one of the most creative leaders of the artistic trend that was born at the end of the 1960s, called “Analytical Painting” or “Painting Painting”. On exhibit will be about thirty works, of large and medium dimensions, that reflect the work of this period. These paintings are distinguished by their essential formal composition: signs, lines, stripes, arabesques, sometimes blurry, other paintings in a clear uniform colored way; an instantaneous painting, vivid and bright, executed without hesitation. 
One way to paint without reference is to shift the emphasis onto the real elements of the painting. The canvas itself has no frame and is suspended on the wall, the color is expressed through primary decorative elements, and the space becomes an integral part of the pictorial composition. This is a minimal and conceptual art style, far from the classic elements of painting and pushed towards a dimension between the finite and the infinite. 
Giorgio Griffa was born in Turin in 1936, where he still lives and works. His first personal exhibit was held at the Galleria Martano in Turin in 1968. He has participated in numerous national and international shows dedicated to non-iconic paintings, and has been shown in numerous public and privates spaces. 
Among these personal exhibitions, we remember those at the Martono and Sperone Galleries in Turin, Sonnabend in New York, Templon in Paris, Fumagalli in Bergamo, the Pinacoteca in Ravenna, and most recently at the Kunslanding in Aschaffenburg, the Museum of the Permanente in Milan and l'Insitut Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt; also among the collections, we remember his participation at the Biennial of Venice in 1978 and 1980, and exhibitions inside Palazzo Reale in Milan, Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Castello in Rivoli and many others. 
Giorgio Griffa has held personal exhibitions at Galleria Lorenzelli in Milan in 1976 and 1978, and at Lorenzelli Arte in 1981, 1985, and in 1997.