Giuseppe Capogrossi

1900 · Italy

Artist biography

Giuseppe Capogrossi is an established artist, who originates from Italy. Giuseppe Capogrossi was born in 1900. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Giorgio de Chirico, Gino Severini, Amadeo Modigliani and Giorgio Morandi.

About Giuseppe Capogrossi's works

Giuseppe Capogrossi plays a pivotal role in the fields of Abstraction and Conceptual. Abstract art first came to be in the early 20th century, as a new and rather radical form of art. Artists were looking for a way of expressing the societal changes occurring at the time, and release their creative energy, thus distancing themselves from figurative art. With abstraction, the artists distance themselves from any accurate representation of reality, and the visual qualities often put in focus in such non-representative works are colours, shapes and textures. Some of the most influential contemporary art movements born from Abstraction include Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, with key figures such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock. With abstract art, a sense of self-renewing freedom is materialising through the artworks, in a new tradition of creativity.

Conceptual art is arguably not as clear and easily defined as other art movements, and can often spark intense reactions in the viewers. By nature, Conceptualism puts an emphasis on the strategies and research that go into the creation, making the concept of an artwork its most essential feature, rather than the actual finished product. Although the movement emerged in the mid 1960s, simultaneously across Europe and America, its father Marcel Duchamp had paved the way back in 1917, with his controversial artwork Fontaine. Conceptual art denies the traditional mediums, and strives to place the artwork in the realm of ideas - rather than that of material constructions. Some of the most critically acclaimed figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Giuseppe Capogrossi's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as France and Italy. Galleries include Tornabuoni Art | Paris in France, as well as Galleria d'Arte Maggiore G.A.M. and Tega in Italy. Giuseppe Capogrossi most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Biasutti & Biasutti in Turin (19 October 2018 until 19 January 2019) with the exhibition The poetics of the Italian abstract and informal art.

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Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly rich in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a fascinating influence on the cultural development and identity of the country. Italy represents the realm of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, meaning 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first extensive blossoming of cultural erudition in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. During the modern and contemporary period, Italy was tormented by the fascism of Mussolini but has nonetheless remained as a vital centre for artistic expression, spawning movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Critically acclaimed Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Giuseppe Capogrossi

Born in 1900, Giuseppe Capogrossi was predominantly influenced by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the first years of the twentieth century. To have this time as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by incredible practitioners of the pictorial arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw important shifts in politics. Marxism was a prevalent political ideology which was also tremendously influential amid artists and their communities. notable artistic developments included a kind of expressive mannerism which was exemplified by Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine in Paris. Surrealism grew throughout the 1920s and 1930s, with a focus on the human unconscious - a vital idea of Freudian theory. Key Surrealist artists include Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Due to its cultural importance, much of this ideology spread across the globe.

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