October 09, 2015 - June 25, 2016
The third season at the Center for Italian Modern Art was dedicated to Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), one of the best known Italian artists of the 20th century. The exhibition focused on the artist’s rarely seen works from the 1930s—the decade when Morandi reached full artistic maturity and developed his distinctive pictorial language. These works until now have remained relatively little known or exhibited outside of Italy. Featuring circa 40 paintings, etchings, and drawings by the acclaimed Italian modernist, the installation marked the first time in decades that many of these works have been on view in the US. CIMA’s show drew from major international public and private collections, including those of the MART Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto; the MAMBo, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna; the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice; and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. The installation also presented select paintings from the very beginning of Morandi’s career in the 1910s and from the very end of his life in the 1960s, to illustrate thematic and pictorial continuities in the artist’s process. It also included a selection of contemporary works inspired by Morandi’s practice by artists Tacita Dean, Wolfgang Laib, Joel Meyerowitz, and Matthias Schaller.
Highlights from the season’s public programming included a number of artist talks, by Tacita Dean, Lawrence Carroll, and Joel Meyerowitz, as well as by two artists who studied with Morandi: Milton Glaser and Janet Abramowicz. CIMA introduced Drawing Nights for the first time, led by the Dean of the New York Studio School, Graham Nickson. And CIMA’s fellows in residence, who studied various aspects of Morandi’s career and influence during their time in New York, organized the spring Study Days, which featured senior curators and art historians alongside emerging scholars.
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