From 14th-17th September 2017, Lugano Exhibition Centre will be hosting the second edition of WOPART – Work on Paper Fair, an international fair focusing on artworks made of paper, directed by Luigi Belluzzi.
62 galleries from 11 countries – chosen by a scientific committee chaired by Giandomenico Di Marzio, a journalist, critic and contemporary art curator, and Paolo Manazza, a painter and journalist specializing in art economics – will offer an extensive overview of works made exclusively on paper: everything from ancient drawings and modern prints to artists’ books, artistic photography, watercolors, Oriental prints and paper works by contemporary artists, providing a cross-section of different techniques, languages and periods in history. Following the success of the first edition, this important event is back again to provide a deeper understanding of artworks on paper and the market for them, a niche that is globally attracting more and more attention from experts, collectors and fans, due to both their accessible price range (for example, over 60% of contemporary drawings sold in 2016 cost less than $5000, meaning that works by well-known artists are available at much lower prices than usual) and the number of works on sale, due to the growing popularity of photography and appreciation in the value of art prints.
WOPART also includes a wide range of side events, both inside and outside the fair pavilions, to provide even more means and opportunities to find out about the various aspects of this sector and its most cutting-edge topics and issues.
The schedule of events being hosted inside Lugano Exhibition Centre notably includes the WOPART/TALKS: conversations, interviews and special lectures by artists, art historians and critics, consultants and specialists in art investments – featuring the artists Paolo Canevari, Emilio Isgrò, Joseph Kosuth, the art collectors Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Massimo Prelz, and scholars like the neuroscientist Edoardo Boncinelli and philosopher Lina Bertola, – providing the chance for leading international exponents from the art world and market to talk about their experiences, personal backgrounds and studies. Once again, this year the WOPART/TALKS will be streamed on the event’s website (www.wopart.eu).
The fair’s exhibition project will also include four focus exhibitions, again hosted inside the fair’s main pavilions: a photography exhibition called “1930 – 1970: la fotografia d’avanguardia in Italia della collezione Prelz”, curated by Walter Guadagnini and CAMERA, the Italian Photography Centre in Turin; an exhibition entitled “I mille volti del kabuki”, presenting a collection of ukiyo-e prints from the Museum of Cultures in Lugano; an exhibition of paper works and artists’ books from the collections belonging to Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Centre in Prato; and, lastly, an installation by the artist Emilio Isgrò (famous for his erasure technique). Three installations by Container Lab on display in via Nassa, Lugano, will provide a foretaste of the 2017 edition of WOPART during the weeks leading up to the event.
WOPART is organized by Lobo Swiss, under the patronage of the City of Lugano and Rimimi Design Biennial, CAMERA – Italian Photography Centre in Turin, SBF+ Association of Swiss Professional Photographers and Photo-designers. Sponsors of WOPART 2017: ARGOS Wealth Administration, Etihad Regional, The View Lugano. Official Wine: Consorzio Franciacorta. Main media partner: La Lettura-Corriere della Sera. Other media partners: ArtsLife, Ticino Welcome, Corriere del Ticino, Giornale del Popolo, Tele Ticino, Radio 3i, Ticino News, AI Magazine e Frattura Scomposta. Technical sponsors: Lugano Airport, BIG Broker Insurance Group – Ciaccio Arte, Simonetta Rota, Colombo Experience, Petra Peter.
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A selection of musicians’ drawings from Stravinskij to Toscanini
By Paolo Manazza
The musicians by Gianni Maimeri were at first exhibited in 1931 at the memorable Pesaro Gallery (“Mostra dei pittori Giovanni Lentini e Gianni Maimeri”, Milano, Galleria Pesaro, April-May 1931, catalogue by Gustavo Botta).
The drawings ( a selection of about 10 items from nr 113 to 126) were shown together with 96 paintings in the rooms of the well-known gallery in Milan with the title “Gesti e atteggiamenti di musicisti. Studi a memoria (1927-28)”. The exhibition was warmly welcomed by people and press.
Afterwards the collection, enriched a lot, was offered to people in Milan in December 1948 on an artist’s one-man show at Galleria Salvetti, with a catalogue by Gustavo Predaval. In that occasion the collection was entitled : “I disegni di concertisti da Busoni a Toscanini (1905-1946)”.
Later on , forty-four years went by to a new exhibition of Musicians’ Collection, in 1992.
In October 1992 the Museum Teatro alla Scala devoted to Gianni Maimeri’s Musicians a broad exhibition by Giampero Tintori, museum manager, along with a full catalogue by Antea with commentaries by Tintori himself and by the critic Raffaele De Grada (“I musicisti visti da Gianni Maimeri”, a cura di Graziella Buccellati, Milano, Museo Teatrale alla Scala, 1-31 ottobre 1992). (more…)
22 excellent portraits of artists of XX century
by Walter Guadagnini
Aurelio Amendola (Pistoia 1938) is a leading protagonist of art photograph: during 40 years ,he made and explained pictures of works of the greatest masters of Classicism, from Donatello to Michelangelo, from Giovanni Pisano to Canova and he portrayed the most important artists in the XX century, from Dechirico to Burri, from Warhol to Lichtenstein, from Marino to Paladino and Ceroli.
Amendola’s classicism has been celebrated in exbhitions in museums all over the world. Two at least are worthy of memory : the one at Ermitage in San Pietroburgo , dedicated to the pictures on Michelangelo’s works and that of this year at Uffizi in Florence, devoted to Warhol’s portraits.
In his making photographs, the dialectics between documentation and interpretation takes the ancient as a model, starting from Pistoia where he was born to come to Florence and Rome where Michelangelo worked, on a basis of professional and manual skill that aims and aims to the topic’s understanding and not to the artist’s ability.
Amendola takes this attitude in the contemporary art too, always letting the subject dominate, whether it is the artist’s figure, his work , the place of his work or, as often occurs, the three altogether.
As the photographer himself said:’It is obvious that taking pictures of artists is a way to know them, to spend time with extraordinary people. I became a friend of all the artists I photographed, it is not a job for me, it is a great passion that let me feel alive. For this reason, making pictures of an ancient sculpture means to try and put in the matter the life I find in my contemporaries, making sculptures alive is something like meeting Michelangelo, Donatello. It is different with living artists, here we need to consider their requirements and keep at the same time own’s expressive independence.’
The here and now selection is a concise gallery of art portraits of XX century, where the photoprapher’s ability to catch the main features of subjects and their art is easy to recognize and, at the same time, it is possible to see the changing in customs, in the very figure of the artist in the world.
When artists paint artists – palazzo Belgioioso
by Massimo Pulini
Palazzo Belgioioso in Milan, in the Risorgimento years, used to host a group of artists that, according to their own statute, were going to add to the walls the portrait of each new group participant . Artists painting other artists’ portraits, artists as noble mirrors to sitting friends. Look, thinking expression, hair cut, moustache and beard care, stiff collar and eyes vivacity make these faces a distillate of each character and on the whole a sharp and exact repertory of the moral and political sense of some Italian generations.
This set of bright and quiet faces, portrayed in a weekly dimension of an evening spent discussing, a glass of water aside and a sigar waiting on an ashtray, means at my eyes much more than the packed paintings of historical theme, explaining events of national Risorgimento or the social rhetoric of the times.
With an astonishing expressive synthesis, catched in the sobriety of a black pencil as the only investigation tool, of a white chalk for the maximum light points, with just a sheet of pastel coloured paper and a careful and cautious glance, the elegant discipline of these Lombard portraits comes about. An elegance that from the intellectual aristocracy comes towards the characteristic features of the incoming middle-class world, as if with no solution of continuity. All this takes in its whole something like a film.
A sort of documentary is going to take shape, in a sequence of faces and thoughts, attitudes and nature of a series of painters and sculptors that marked taste and customs of a cultural and political capital town between the end of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century.
Caricatures: satiric and scornful vein among drawing masters.
by Massimo Pulini
A selection of sketched caricatures is shown together with the precious exhibition of portraits from Baratti Collection, coming from the same Group of Artists and of Milanese Patriotic Fans, giving a different picture of the same artistic movement in Lombardia between the XIX and the XX century.
In most cases, the very artists move something half in jest and, after portraying themselves in official posture, they used to take fun of each other.
Palanti,Morelli,Martinenghi o Bettinelli engage , with countenance and sincerity, in the goliardic rite of caricature.
Other members of the group and even true models suffer from it, being transformed in real characters, reduced to a geometric shape or under the deforming lens of the quickest and most sarcastic hands in Milan.
The outstanding Baratti collection of paper sheets lets us understand the great modernity of these artists, skilfull pencil swordman and pitiless charcoal boxers and it is just the disinhibited ground of irony that gives us back the fresh and fertile mood of that place among that group of artists.
An exclusive masterpieces art fair with an high level cultured public.
“WOP ART” highlights is that we will inaugurate the first art fair dedicated to masterpieces Works on Paper (hence the acronym Wop).
This refined event will gather, in the Lugano Exhibition Centre Pavillons, a selection of international galleries exhibiting works on paper and specific projects from all periods of the art history, from old master to modern prints, from artist’s books to author’s photographs, from watercolors to Japanese paper.
A Vetting Scientific Committee (coordinated by Domenico Di Marzio and Paolo Manazza) will select the exhibitors and the works on display, they will coordinate events, intellectual and international meetings and important works on paper exhibitions.
This is a part of a starting cultural circuit around “WOP ART”.
For the first time ever,since the first edition, the Lugano Municipality has granted its patronage: this could happen thanks to the quality of the project and to the internationality and importance of the event.
In the last decade the attention on the art market, allowed the birth and the growth of a large number works on paper enthusiastic collectors. Important old masters, modern and contemporary works on paper will combine an high level quality together with affordable costs. An historical Picasso oil on canvas could cost between 30 and 100 million dollars.
His drawings would cost from 300.000 to 1 million and a half dollars.
It’s clear that the future development of this part of the market, will allow the growth of the art and the culture along with an intelligent diversification investement assets portfolios.
“WOP ART” is organized by Studio Lobo, the company that for over thirty years organized fairs and events around the world.
In Italy they organized the historical “Modenantiquaria” sold three years ago to the Bologna Fair Group.
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