“Time Travel. Italian Masters through a Contemporary Lens” at Petzel Gallery, New York

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In partnership with the London-based DYS 44 Lampronti Gallery, “Time Journey” surveys exemplary works from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, exhibited on the gallery’s parlor ground. As well as, a collection of works in response from up to date artists might be on view on the gallery’s third ground.

In approaching these Italian Grasp works, the viewer encounters a definite symbolic vocabulary, setting fable in movement, like a portal to a different world. The boundary between actual and imaginary house turns into blurred. The open wood doorways of Domenico Remps’ Cupboard of Curiosities tease the onlooker in hallmark trompe l’œil style. Grounding actual monuments in fantastical landscapes, the ruins of Giovanni Paolo Panini’s capriccio gesture towards an apostolic previous, with fragments of Classical sculpture scattered amongst magisterial columns. Historic topographies emerge from painted our bodies, as in Cavalier d’Arpino’s Fortuna with Two Tritons, by which the curved canyons of the goddess’ again are outlined in sloped, tonal gradations. Viewer turns voyeur stumbling upon van Honthorst’s seduction scene, the themes clothed in wealthy, chromatic distinction, a sport of sunshine and darkish in opposition to a desk set with vanitas.

Past virtuosity, past moralism, lies a sensual dynamism, a cinematographic drama, which continues to attract audiences to those work centuries from their conception. Hollywoodesque in its emotional exuberance, the Baroque brings forth a way of motion and pressure, an oscillation between the sacred and profane, bursting from the canvas’ delicate floor. By way of the act of trying, figures, objects and landscapes change into so vivid as if to increase into a 3rd dimension, talking from durations previous.

Of their response, a gaggle of up to date artists provide works in dialogue with these predecessors, contemplating the legacies of their genres and lexicons. Throughout quite a lot of means, these artists channel the energetic, grandiose ethos of the Baroque into their painterly compositions, situating these narrative sensibilities in trendy contexts. These works each examine and develop the formal language of the “masters,” offering a discussion board to map these stylized, extremely constructed narratives onto our current second. “Time Journey” phases a dialog with the previous, one which revitalizes our comprehension of how mental conflicts have motivated artists by way of the ages.

Artworks featured from DYS 44 Lampronti Gallery embrace these by Grasp of the Acquavella Nonetheless-Life, Cavalier d’Arpino, Carlo Bonavia, Ippolito Caffi, Guido Cagnacci, Canaletto, Annibale Carracci, Bernardo Cavallino, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, Michelangelo Cerquozzi, Jacopo Fabris, Luca Forte, Fede Galizia, Artemisia Gentileschi, Antiveduto Gramatica, Guercino, Grasp of Hartford, Gerrit van Honthorst, Antonio Joli, Johann Liss, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Pietro Paolini, Domenico Remps, Jusepe de Ribera, Antonio Maria Vassallo, and Gaspar van Wittel.

Modern artworks featured embrace these by Ross Bleckner, John Currin, Roe Ethridge, Josephine Halvorson, Jutta Koether, Jeff Koons, Lucy McKenzie, Pieter Schoolwerth, Cindy Sherman, Emily Mae Smith, Bob Thompson, and Emma Webster.

“It’s been an enormous privilege to work with Cesare Lampronti and Anna Chiara Giusa on ‘Time Journey.’ That is an exhibition I’ve thought of doing for a few years, and thru Cesare and Anna Chiara’s connoisseurship, I used to be in a position to conceive a gaggle of work that I really feel represents the motion, pressure, and grandeur which is made evident in these up to date works, and finally provide a celebration of portray itself. I’m excited and grateful that this dream is changing into a actuality.” 
—Friedrich Petzel 

“Working with Friedrich on ‘Time Journey’ has been an incredible journey and a brand new expertise for us. We’re extraordinarily grateful to Friedrich for sharing his experience, permitting us to stage this dialogue between previous and current masters. We’re very excited to see this imaginative and prescient come to life in Petzel’s Higher East Facet gallery.”
—DYS 44 Lampronti Gallery 

at Petzel Gallery, New York
till January 27, 2024

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