Simon Lee Gallery, London will host “Scaffali,” a solo exhibition of recent works by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Pistoletto is widely recognized as a central figure within the Arte Povera movement. The exhibition will showcase Pistoletto’s most recent series of mirror paintings, in which he directs his attention towards the subject of scaffali, or shelves. Initiated in 1962, Pistoletto’s signature mirror paintings use the reflective picture plane to draw both viewer and environment into the work, playing with traditional notions of the painted image as a fixed moment in time. In “Scaffali,” display cabinets and industrial storage units laden with the tools of a broad range of trades, from crates of fresh produce and canisters of paint, to cleaning supplies, camera apparatus, and spare automobile parts, evoke a sense of dormancy at odds with the ever fluctuating presence of the viewer. Each painting evokes an element of anticipation, as though the viewer may at any moment reach for an object on a shelf. Made by applying photo-silkscreened images to highly-polished stainless steel, each of these meticulous and unique pictures hinder the interactivity favored in previous works, instead placing a formal emphasis on the static object.
The exhibition will be on view from February 23 through April 7, 2018, at Simon Lee Gallery, London, 12 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8DT, UK.
For more details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/simon-lee-gallery/overview
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artworks.