Friday, March 07, 2008

Guglielmo Achille Cavellini

Guglielmo Achille Cavellini works from 1960-1990

Catalogue with Essay by Sue Spaid

January 3 – February 5, 2004

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 20, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Florence Lynch Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of painting, photography, performance video and assemblage by Guglielmo Achille Cavellini. The exhibition is on view from March 20 to May 3, 2008. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, March 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
An innovative artist of his time Cavellini’s work is most frequently associated with Fluxus. Cavellini created art for fifty years—from the end of the Second World War to 1990. An influential collector, he produced many reinterpretations of concurrent artistic works and experimented with abstract painting and assemblage. He also engaged in an extensive postage-art exchange for which he became well-known. This exchanged turned him into the leader of a new way of communicating in art. He became a mythical figure for a generation of underground artists and was regarded as a liberator that would break the chains of a closed system that often excluded artists. In 1970, he invented the term autostoricizzazione (self-historicization) and started a long work of conceptual self-promotion, which sought to by-pass the roles of the critic and of the market, focusing on the mechanisms of the art system.
The exhibition includes the Italian postage stamp series a recurring theme in his work; the work dealt with the idea of celebration. He saw the stamp as a concrete representation of this idea and used it quite frequently. He examined the most common and appealing images in contemporary art and dramatically inserted them into massive wooden inlays. In the crate series, he destroyed works previously created, his and that of others, and put them into crates. By doing so, he broke an evolutionary constant that had been governing his artistic processes. In addition to the various series in different media, Cavellini produced a number of performance videos include From the Page of the Encyclopedia, The Cow, and A day in a Genius Life. Cavellini in New York will be on view for the first time in the US since its production in 1982.
His artist’s books are well-represented in the permanent holdings of New York’s Franklin Furnace and in the archive on 20th century art maintained by the Venice Biennale. Hi work can be find in many private collections and institutions including the Civiche Raccolte Comune di Milano, Museo Pecci Prato, Museo MART Rovereto, Museo di Cavalese Trento, Collezione citta di Pesaro, Civica Raccolta del disegno Sal, FRAC Nord Pas de Calais and Le Consortium Dijon in France.
Cavellini was born in Brescia, Lombardy where he lived and worked until he died in 1990.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00 p.m. For further information and photographic material please contact Florence Lynch or Beatrice Campa at 212-924-3290.Catalogue with Essay by Sue Spaid
January 3 – February 5, 2004
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 20, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Florence Lynch Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of painting, photography, performance video and assemblage by Guglielmo Achille Cavellini. The exhibition is on view from March 20 to May 3, 2008. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, March 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
An innovative artist of his time Cavellini’s work is most frequently associated with Fluxus. Cavellini created art for fifty years—from the end of the Second World War to 1990. An influential collector, he produced many reinterpretations of concurrent artistic works and experimented with abstract painting and assemblage. He also engaged in an extensive postage-art exchange for which he became well-known. This exchanged turned him into the leader of a new way of communicating in art. He became a mythical figure for a generation of underground artists and was regarded as a liberator that would break the chains of a closed system that often excluded artists. In 1970, he invented the term autostoricizzazione (self-historicization) and started a long work of conceptual self-promotion, which sought to by-pass the roles of the critic and of the market, focusing on the mechanisms of the art system.
The exhibition includes the Italian postage stamp series a recurring theme in his work; the work dealt with the idea of celebration. He saw the stamp as a concrete representation of this idea and used it quite frequently. He examined the most common and appealing images in contemporary art and dramatically inserted them into massive wooden inlays. In the crate series, he destroyed works previously created, his and that of others, and put them into crates. By doing so, he broke an evolutionary constant that had been governing his artistic processes. In addition to the various series in different media, Cavellini produced a number of performance videos include From the Page of the Encyclopedia, The Cow, and A day in a Genius Life. Cavellini in New York will be on view for the first time in the US since its production in 1982.
His artist’s books are well-represented in the permanent holdings of New York’s Franklin Furnace and in the archive on 20th century art maintained by the Venice Biennale. Hi work can be find in many private collections and institutions including the Civiche Raccolte Comune di Milano, Museo Pecci Prato, Museo MART Rovereto, Museo di Cavalese Trento, Collezione citta di Pesaro, Civica Raccolta del disegno Sal, FRAC Nord Pas de Calais and Le Consortium Dijon in France.
Cavellini was born in Brescia, Lombardy where he lived and worked until he died in 1990.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00 p.m. For further information and photographic material please contact Florence Lynch or Beatrice Campa at 212-924-3290.

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