Luigi Ghirri

1943 · Italy

Artist biography

Luigi Ghirri is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in Italy, like other prominent artists such as Paolo Moretto, Paolo Lomazzi, Luciano Mello Witkowski Pinto, Elisa Strinna, and Toiletpaper. Luigi Ghirri was born in 1943.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Luigi Ghirri is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries such as France, Italy, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Luigi Ghirri's work include Galerie Anne de Villepoix in Paris, Galleria de'Foscherari in Bologna, as well as Matthew Marks Gallery | 1062 N Orange Grove in Los Angeles. Luigi Ghirri most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Thomas Dane Gallery in London (01 October 2019 until 15 November 2019) with the exhibition COLAZIONE SULL'ERBA. Luigi Ghirri's work has also been exhibited during the The enigma of vision exhibition at Repetto Gallery in London, the United Kingdom (17 May 2019 - 13 June 2019).

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been tremendously lush in cultural power since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a fascinating influence on the cultural growth and identity of the country. Italy is also the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, signifying 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first major blossoming of cultural sophistication 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, initiating 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 Luigi Ghirri

Luigi Ghirri was born in 1943 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1960s. The 1960s were an explosive decade internationally, witnessing a great increase of modernist ideas and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the start of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was characterised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place around the world. Psychedelia, an massive increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further epitomised the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, focused solely on line, colour and geometric form as key constituents of both painting and sculpture. The key figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further developed some of the expressive ideas of Abstract Expressionism, but reduced much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that associated this practice with Minimalism. Globally, many artistic movements echoed the creative concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional fortes and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Luigi Ghirri

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