LUCIO DEL PEZZO. OPERE ANNI ‘60. NAPOLI
Curators Andrea Ingenito and Piero Mascitti
12 November 2016 – 7 January 2017
Lucio Del Pezzo is back in Naples after an absence of fifteen years,with an exhibition of museum relevance presented at the AICA | Andrea Ingenito Contemporary Art gallery from 11 November 11th 2016 through January 7th 2017.
The small anthology entitled “Lucio Del Pezzo. Opere anni ‘60. Napoli “, curated by Andrea Ingenito and Piero Mascitti and realized in collaboration with the Marconi Foundation in Milan, exhibits around twenty works – collage, acrylic, tempera painting and a monumental wooden sculpture 250 cm high – all pieces are dated Sixties.
This decade was crucial for the Neapolitan artist: it is precisely in 1960, in fact, that he moves from Naples to Milan and it begins the artistic transition from disorder, anarchy, from the rediscovered object from the Neapolitan junk shops to order, balance, to the rebuilt and handcrafted object.
In the exhibition at the Andrea Ingenito gallery this delicate moment of transition takes place: some works describes the artist still tied to folklore, to the “baroque” of Naples, others reports an artist already rigorous and “neoclassical”.
At this stage the neo-dada representation from the beginning, full of references of the popular Neapolitan culture and noticeable in works such as “La noia”, tempera, oil and collage of 1961 or the splendid “Untitled” of 1962, evolves in the direction of a rational geometry with a metaphysical flavor, where the essentiality of the forms refers to an archetypal dimension which, however, bears the mark of the pop language. The metaphysical of Del Pezzo is playful, light-hearted and at the same time is aimed to be ironic about the modern consumer society and to underline its strengths and its weaknesses.
Emblematic, in this sense, the Untitled of 1964 and Rosebud of 1965.
All exhibited works are traces of his stylistic essence: the material drawing, the colors that grow together, the suspended atmosphere between reality and unreality and the craft skills
In works like Grafismi 1967 he operates between painting and sculpture, and even more in the impressive À Paris (1966, 250x140x34 cm), Lucio Del Pezzo expresses his manual skills. Presenting an own exhibition in Rovigo a few years ago, the artist says: “We need the inspiration, but we also need many other things: to nail, to hammer, to glue, to cut, to divide, to knead, to filter and to wheedle the colors. Hands work around what the talent, when there is, understands. ”
And there it is, finally, the perspective of game and fun. The artist in this regard says: “The fun has to be inherent in art otherwise is like putting on the toga.” A playful element, however, is always controlled by rigor and integrity, the discipline able to turn the game itself in art.
Title Lucio Del Pezzo. Opere anni ‘60. Napoli
Curators Andra Ingenito, Piero Mascitti
Location Andrea Ingenito Contemporary Art | Via Cappella Vecchia 8/A (P.zza dei Martiri) – Napoli
Date 12 November 2016 – 7 January 2017
Opening Friday 11 November, h. 6.30 p.m.
Opening hours from Tuesday to Saturday, h. 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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