An exhibition examining the enduring role and power of gold in Italian art, featuring the work of more than 20 artists ranging from the 14th to the 21st centuries, will be presented by Casoli De Luca at 8 East 63rd Street in New York. On view from October 25 to November 23, 2019, ORO d’ITALIA explores why gold has been such a compelling medium for artists through time, because of its malleability, reflectivity, and colour, as well as its inherent value and symbolic meaning. The works range in time and content from Renaissance gold-ground panel religious paintings to satirical uses in contemporary art, and with a special focus on the seemingly oxymoronic use of gold by Arte Povera artists.
“We wanted to trace a narrative of Italian artistic identity through gold because of its timeless allure to artists and audiences,” stated gallery co-founder Sergio Casoli. “Sometimes sacred and sometimes irreverent, serving as a celestial background or a decadent highlight, gold is always beautiful and always arresting. It is no wonder that this material is so pervasive throughout the history of Italian art.”
ORO d’ITALIA, presented in collaboration with Studio Geuna and Ginevra Caltagirone, includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and mixed media works utilizing this precious metal. The show begins with a few works by Florentine masters of the 14th century and continues to Futurists, like Giacomo Balla. The core of the exhibition is a rich overview of post-war Italian art, with works by Carla Accardi, Alberto Burri, Luciano Fabro, Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Giuseppe Penone, and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
“We are particularly intrigued with the use of gold in post-war art, especially Arte Povera, which marked a seismic shift in Italian art,” stated gallery co-founder Mattia De Luca. “Tracing the artistic alchemy of gold from the earliest works, in which it conjures up sacred space, to its recombinant use by contemporary artists, reveals that its role in art is as malleable as the element itself.”