alcramer [Alfredo Cramerotti]

IDEAL-TYPES [Chapter 2]

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on May 2, 2019

Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti and Elsa Barbieri

Marignana Arte
Venice, from 7 May to 7 September 2019

Opening: Tuesday, 7 May, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Special openings: from Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 May, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm


Invitation Card

Inspired by Max Weber’s theory, whereby for studying a social action without reducing its particularities to a collection of individual events we must start from the perception that the individual has of the real world, this ongoing exhibition project is designed as a speculative tool which makes possible to measure reality: the ideal-type (Idealtypus).
Athanasios Argianas, Maurizio Donzelli, Nancy Genn, Artur Lescher, James Lewis, Alice Pedroletti, Antonio Scaccabarozzi, and Verónica Vázquez, are the eight international artists invited to formulate an artistic language that visually translates the thought relationships when trying to set out a concept; they do so through the dialogue between their respective art works, and with gallery spaces. A methodological paradigm that is never traceable empirically in its conceptual purity, the ideal-type is intended as a utopia that shares characteristics with real objects, even if it does not correspond to any specific example. With it, the materiality of existence must be compared in order to illustrate the
significant elements of its empirical content.

It is thus a matter of adopting something imaginary or intangible to better understand the concrete. The concept does not copy real life but underlines its most intrinsic connections. Without any expectation of objectivity, the artists build a kind of seductive, meticulous and inconsistent verisimilitude to verify empirically. By isolating a particular phenomenon from the complex of interactions, and catching uniform elements in the repetition of the same, each one proceeds in structuring the ideal-type that operates as a unilateral and rational measuring device of reality.

The artworks on display question the viewers by encouraging them to develop always new readings on the being within a visual and spatial conversation. The three wall low reliefs from the series “Clay Pressings” (2016-18) by Athanasios Argianas suggest a liminal space where systems and mechanisms freely swap with intuition. The tapestry “Angelicato” (2014) by Maurizio Donzelli is the result of in-depth research about the manipulation of the image. Works on paper by Nancy Genn, “Construct Blu I” (2003),
“Construct Yellow” (2003) and “Rainbars 6” (2011), are earthy, solid, layered, full of spirituality. Their pure and raw material fits in the unique variations of colours and textures, releasing a sharp and delicate lyricism. The steel sculpture “Sem Título, Da Série Nexus #2” (2013) by Artur Lescher is composed of single pieces in suspension, which highlight their volume and deny the action of the force of gravity. The wood,
paint, resin and lead work by James Lewis, “Diseases of Warm Lands (Rhombus)” (2018), corresponds to an extinct star constellation and is a visual monument to the impossibility of defining the parameters of human understanding and endeavours. “Study for a sculpture” (2016-19) by Alice Pedroletti is a series of photographs and paper sculptures, accompanied by sketches, that recreate a hypothetical landscape. They are fragile and temporary prototypes that constitute a city inspired by organic shapes. The works from the series “Essenziali” (1990-95) by Antonio Scaccabarozzi are self-representations of the pictorial body; free strokes of pure colour, wide, oblique, accurate and strong, without any support. Result of the interpretation of the practise of assemblage and contemporary weaving, “De la série tapices con metales” (2016), “Escultura en acero I” (2016), and “Sin Título” (2018) by Verónica Vázquez express the reperforming value of the material


Athanasios Argianas (1976, Athens, Greece; lives and works in London)
Maurizio Donzelli (1958, Brescia, Italy; lives and works in Brescia)
Nancy Genn (1930, San Francisco, United States; lives and works in San Francisco)
Artur Lescher (1962, São Paulo, Brazil; lives and works in São Paulo)
James Lewis (1986, London, England; lives and works in Vienna)
Alice Pedroletti (1978, Milan, Italy; lives and works in Milan)
Antonio Scaccabarozzi (1936 – 2010, Lecco, Italy)
Verónica Vázquez (1970, Treinta y Tres, Uruguay; lives and works in Uruguay)

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Press coverage for Curated by_Vienna: TOMORROW TODAY – “On Being In The Middle” Galerie Hubert Winter, curated by Alfredo Cramerotti

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on June 27, 2016


See link here for the press coverage:

Selected Press Curated By 2015

TOMORROW TODAY: On Being in the Middle, curated by Alfredo Cramerotti

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on September 10, 2015

Galerie Hubert Winter, Breite Gasse 17 , 1070 Wien, Austria

September 11 – November 7, 2015

Opening reception: September 10, 2015, 6 – 9 pm


Image: Toril Johannessen. Expansion in Finance and Physics. 2010

Holding a distorted mirror to capitalism as a structure that safely governs our relations in life, and to art as a set of activities that questions these relations (and itself) at every step, the exhibition presents works that adopt an oblique view to both – the financial mechanisms within which we live, and an expanded idea of what these mechanisms, speculative reflections, and counter-measures may be.

Notions such as the economy of time, the capital of image, the value of representation, the politics and aesthetics of money, the management of attention and the capitalization of anxiety are either bared out or disguised in front of the viewer, yet without being prescriptive about their narrative and interpretation. Each artist invites the public to take a short journey on a path that traverses daily preoccupations and poetic reflections. We may never know where we exactly are on this journey, which is actually the point when we come to think about our involvement in capitalism and art.
Alfredo Cramerotti (2015)

Danilo Correale (*1982, lives and works in New York)
David Garner (*1958, lives and works in Argoed Gwent, Wales),
Goldin+Senneby (since 2004, working offshore)
James Lewis (*1986, lives and works in Paris)
Toril Johannessen (*1978, lives and works in Bergen)

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Additionally, a marginal note from the distinguished collector and art dealer Carl Laszlo, written in 1960:

Appel au luxe
Le luxe, c’est la liberté. Le luxe est accessible à un chacun. Le luxe, c’est avoir ce qu’on veut avoir et renoncer à tout ce qu’il faut avoir. Le luxe fait de vous le souverain incontesté de votre propre Cour. Le luxe, c’est posséder en tout et pour tout un morceau de vieux velours. Le luxe, c’est habiter 17 pièces vides avec une icone et un petit chien. Le luxe, c’est ne posséder  aucun produit de série. Le luxe, c’est être très riche ou très pauvre au sein d’une prospérité généralisée. Le luxe, c’est n’être que convoitise, et le luxe, c’est tuer les convoitises. Le luxe, c’est dire ce dont personne n’ose parler. Le luxe, c’est la liberté. Le luxe oppose aux sentiments d’infériorité et de supériorité des autres la conscience infinie du Moi. Le luxe rend indépendant, courageux, et honnête. Le luxe n’aborde tout ce qui est naturel et humain qu’avec la plus grande réserve. Le luxe préserve de la jalousie et de la fausse vanité, suscite des besoins personnels et soutient l’initiative privée et les petites entreprises. Le luxe est garantie de jeunesse et de santé, il active la digestion. Le luxe nous fait mépriser avec horreur les cupides missionnaires et les massacreurs à l’esprit boutiquier. Le luxe combat pour ce qui est rare, pour tout ce qui est singulier: pour les livres précieux, pour le tirage limité dans tout les domaines, pour l’ex-libris, le monogramme, le portrait, pour le caractère magique d’un signature de créateur, pour le charme, le rituel, les objets lourds de signification, pour les pierres et les êtres rares, pour la volupté, la convoitise, l’ascèse et les lettres manuscrites. Le luxe, c’est s’exercer en permanence dans l’art de mourir, c’est l’adieu incessant. Le luxe, c’est accepter le destin dévolu sans y succomber. Le luxe, c’est faire uniquement ce qu’on tient pour juste. Le luxe, c’est la liberté.

Carl Laszlo (1923 – 2013) was a Hungarian-Swiss art dealer, collector and author.

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