WINTER 2019 EXHIBITING GALLERIES
Portrait of Luce, 1940
Chalk and pastel on paper
32.3 x 27.4 cm
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Exhibition: XX: The Female Gender in Twentieth-Century Italian Art: an exhibition curated by Monica Cardarelli of Galleria del Laocoonte, Rome
This new exhibition, of over a hundred works, from paintings, drawings, pastels, bronzes, terracotta and ceramics, will present to audiences the representation of the female form by Italian artists of the 20th century. Wives and lovers, virgins and prostitutes, holy mothers like the Madonna, man-eating she-devils, goddesses, nymphs, legendary personifications of Spring or Italy, Junoesque and turreted, these women, drawn, painted, moulded and sculpted during the 1900s, all have the same virtue in common: patience. All of them posed, remained still for hours and hours or for several days in a row so that the artwork could accomplish its most portentous and delusive magic, that of giving the beholder the illusion of an instant, a vision that could change at the slightest movement, movement that in a work of art was not possible and for a model prohibited. The patient, according to the original etymology, are those who suffer, who endure suffering with calm and composure, or more precisely, with patience.
Monica Cardarelli, director of Galleria del Laocoonte, has brought together for the public and collectors, many female images, to give an idea of how the 1900s knew how to see through the eyes of the artists – some of whom were women – the female gender in its many representations or transfigurations. The title of the exhibition, XX: THE FEMALE GENDER IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY ITALIAN ART, plays on the same usage of the capital letter and the Roman numeral. XX not only represents the gene that determines a woman's sex, but also the 20th Century, which saw more changes than any other in the role, status, appearance and condition of women, both in life and in the imagination, as art has recorded it.
Artists exhibited include: Libero Andreotti, Giacomo Balla, Afro Basaldella, Fabrizio Clerici, Ferruccio Ferrazzi, Achille Funi, Renato Guttuso, Antonio Mancini, Antonio Maraini, Marino Marini, Roberto Melli, Endrico Prampolini, Luigi Severini, Mario Sironi, Alberto Savinio, Alberto Ziveri as well as female artists Elica and Luce Balla, Adriana Bisi Fabri, Edita Broglio, Marisa Mori and many more.