‘I believe there is nothing more surreal and nothing more abstract than reality.’
– Giorgio Morandi (1890 – 1964)
Dickinson New York is delighted to present a summer exhibition of drawings, watercolors, and twenty-five prints by Giorgio Morandi, an artist best known for his serene, contemplative compositions and elegant geometry.
Drawing was integral to Morandi’s practice, and while his compositions are technically spare, eschewing complex cross-hatching and extensive shading, they are profound in their use of negative space. He took as his subject familiar domestic objects including pots, jars, bowls and vases, exploring quietly emotional variations on subtle themes across a range of media.
Although less prolific in the print medium than in painting, Morandi was a keen printmaker who executed 133 etchings during his lifetime. He also served as Professor of Etching at the Accademia di Belle Arti in his native Bologna between 1930 and 1956. This exhibition offers for sale a collection of 25 prints alongside drawings and watercolors.
Morandi’s early manner was inspired by Cubism and Pittura Metafisica, but by the early 1920s he had developed his unique formal approach to still life. The spare, restrained style of his drawings, watercolors and prints references both Paul Cézanne and, more remotely, the cool classicism of Piero della Francesca and the Tuscan cinquecento. Widely considered one of the most important Italian artists of the 20th century, Morandi proved influential to the development of Minimalist painting in the 1960s and to Postwar artists including Andy Warhol, Agnes Martin and Jasper Johns.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Giorgio Morandi: Linear Impulse
20 June – 10 September 2019
Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
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