It’s Day 268 and I’m still trudging through this hectic week. I just got back from my friend Skye’s book release reading in San Francisco. My husband also read there. It was lovely. I did have time to do painting this morning so join me in honoring Giorgio Griffa today.
Giorgio Griffa (born in Turin, March 29, 1936) is an Italian abstract painter living and working in Turin.
Giorgio Griffa never received a formal art education. He began painting as a child, taking lessons from local painters at the Circolo degli Artisti in Turin.
After completing a degree in law in 1958, Griffa became a practicing lawyer.
In the sixties, Griffa began working as an assistant to the Italian painter Filippo Scroppo, a member of the MAC (Art Concreta) movement and a teacher at the Accademia Albertina in Turin.
In 1968, Giorgio Griffa abandoned figurative painting in favor of a format of
abstract painting that still characterizes his work to this day. Painting with acrylic on raw un-stretched canvas, burlap and linen, Griffa’s works are nailed directly to the wall along their top edge. When not exhibited, the works are folded and stacked, resulting creases that create an underlying grid for his compositions. In keeping with his idea that painting is “constant and never finished”, many of his works display a deliberate end-point that has been described as stopping a thought mid-sentence.
Despite early associations with movements such as Arte Povera and Minimalism, Giorgio Griffa’s work was not exhibited in the United States for 40 years after his first solo exhibition in New York at Ileana Sonnabend’s gallery. In 2012, Giorgio Griffa had a solo exhibition, Fragments 1968 – 2012 at Casey Kaplan gallery in New York, leading him to be named one of the “10 thrilling rediscoveries from 2012.” His exhibition was interrupted by Hurricane Sandy and later reopened in 2013. In her review of the exhibition, Roberta Smith wrote “His art deserves a place in the global history of abstraction.”
Giorgio Griffa exhibited at Sonnabend gallery in New York in 1970 and participated in
important international exhibitions such as Prospekt, Düsseldorf (1969 and 1974) and the Venice Biennale (1978 and 1980). Other important early exhibitions include Processes of Visualized Thought: Young Italian Avant-garde, Kunstmuseum Luzern(1970) and A Painting Exhibition of Painters who Place Painting in Question, curated by Michel Claura, Stadtische Museum, Monchengladbach (1973).
Recent solo presentations of Giorgio Griffa’s works include Golden Ratio, Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin (2013) Fragments 1968 – 2012, Casey Kaplan, New York (2013), MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2011), Neuer Kunstverein, Aschaffenburg (2005) and Uno and Due, Galleria Civica d’Art Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (2002).
Biography is from wikipedia.
I hope you enjoy my tribute today. I was going to wait until I purchased un-stretched burlap or linen, but decided to emulate it on a regular canvas. I will see you tomorrow on Day 269!