Piero Fogliati

1930 · Italy

Artist biography

Piero Fogliati is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from Italy, like other prominent artists such as Giangiacomo Spadari, Matteo Bergami, Ugo Riva, Dadamaino, and Giampaolo Babetto. Piero Fogliati was born in 1930.

About Piero Fogliati's works

Piero Fogliati plays a pivotal role in the fields of Abstraction, Design and Conceptual. Towards the end of the 19th century, many artists were longing for a change that would allow art to encompass the transitions in society happening at the time. Abstract art therefore indicates a desire to break free from the more classical depictions of reality, in which artists were constrained. With the use of geometrical shapes, colours and gestural elements, artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques were able to lay the foundations for what would become an essential branch of modern art. With abstract art, objects and figures are simplified, schematised, which can arguably provide the viewer with a more spiritual experience, since the focus is not put on the material world, but represents an invitation to delve into reflection.

The lines between art and design are blurred and can be intricate to define. Also referred to as applied arts, the genre includes different categories such as industrial design, graphic design and fashion design. In the graphic arts, ranging from photography to illustration, it is often the context that will make the difference between Fine Arts and Applied Arts; such a distinction is most often based on how the work is produced, and how it is traded.

For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to detach itself from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, detached from the material reality. Indeed, the essence of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the completed artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first emerged in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary aspect of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus defied, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to challenge the audience. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a medium to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Piero Fogliati's work is available on display in several galleries listed on Artland. Some of those galleries are Osart and Galleria Monopoli in Milan, as well as Gagliardi e Domke Contemporary in Turin. Piero Fogliati is currently exhibiting at Gagliardi e Domke Contemporary in Turin with the exhibition Reale Virtuale (29 October 2019 - 09 April 2020). Piero Fogliati's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Gagliardi Collection: Cosa Vedere, which took place at Gagliardi e Domke Contemporary in Turin, Italy (02 May 2019 - 13 June 2019).

Currently on Artland, four of Piero Fogliati's works are available to purchase.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly lush in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a fascinating influence on the cultural growth and distinctiveness of the country. Italy is also 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. Important 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 Piero Fogliati

Born in 1930, Piero Fogliati's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that explored ideas of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. Many artists focused on the formal properties of painting, and action painting was influenced by the political freedom of the United States, as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were influential artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to acknowledge the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Piero Fogliati

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