Human and Nature Portraits

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Human and Nature Portraits

Turin

Human and Nature Portraits
to Sat 24 Jul 2021
Wed-Sat 11am-1pm, 3pm-7pm

Human and Nature Portraits is the title of the exhibition that Tucci Russo Gallery presents in its Turin premises, developing the theme of the portrait through contemporary eyes as seen by five artists: Christiane Löhr, Richard Long, Marisa Merz, Giuseppe Penone and Thomas Schütte.

Artworks

Corpo di pietra - Rete, 2016

White Carrara marble, iron
150 x 150 x 5 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Equivalenze - 25 novembre 2016, 2016

Oxidized brass, terracotta
4 elements. Overall dimensions cm 177 x 278 x 20
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Pelle di grafite - Riflesso di Saffirina, 2008

Graphite on black canvas
100 x 100 cm. With plexiglas case 105 x 105 x 5,7 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Indistinti confini - Velinus, 2013

White Carrara marble, bronze
171 x 23,2 x 25,3 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Durchlässige Form, Ring, 2018

Tree flowers
9 x 23 x 21 cm. With wooden base and plexiglas case 148,5 x 38 x 30 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Senza Titolo, 2013

Oil pastel on paper
153 x 120 cm. Framed 162 x 129 x 5 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Senza Titolo, 2017

Ink on paper
27 x 20 cm. Framed 44 x 35,8 x 3 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Senza Titolo, 2015

Ink on paper
27 x 20 cm. Framed 44 x 35,8 x 3 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Senza Titolo, 2017

Ink on paper
27 x 20 cm. Framed 44 x 35,8 x 3 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Senza Titolo, S.D. (Anni ‘90)

Pastels, watercolour and pencil on paper
32 x 24 cm. Framed 50,2 x 42,2 x 3,5 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Me. Nr. 11, 2018

Murano glass, steel pedestal
Overall dimensions 140 x 60 x 40 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Me. Nr. 12, 2018

Murano glass, steel pedestal
Overall dimensions 140 x 60 x 40 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Grünes Buch, 2012

Ink and crayon on paper
38 x 28 cm. Framed 59,5 x 48,6 x 1,5 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Watching ants and thunderstorms, 2001

Framed text work
106,6 x 157,5 x 4,1 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Untitled, 2013

Acrylic paint on wood
120 x 81,7 x 0,5 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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Untitled, 2016

Acrylic paint and mud on wood
31,5 x 107,5 x 3 cm
Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo

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In the exhibition, Marisa Merz and Thomas Schütte return to the classical tradition of the portrait: Marisa Merz with a drawing of an ethereal female head with a hint of religiosity to it, while Thomas Schütte proposes another, more earthly female figure intent on reading; this drawing contrasts with two sculptures of male heads made of Murano glass, respectively black and blue, resting on black steel bases, entitled Me.

The other artists in the exhibition, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Long and Christiane Löhr, present the idea of the portrait as a metaphorical visualisation of the artist’s gesture in creating a work in dialogue with natural elements.

Giuseppe Penone’s work Equivalenze – 25 novembre 2016 combines “painting” and sculpture: painting in that the brass plates, skilfully worked by the artist in such a way as to create a controlled oxidation of the surface to determine a pictorial rhythm, also support the imprint of his hand recorded in terracotta forms arranged at intervals on the plates themselves. This is followed by Pelle di grafite – Riflesso di saffirina, an imprint and “portrait” of a detail of his epidermis, and Corpo di pietra – rete, in which the veins in the surface of the marble are highlighted by the artist’s sculptural intervention on the one hand at the same time as the slab is engraved and traced out also by the slow rhythm of the metal mesh that penetrates it as it reacts to changes in temperature. Finally, there is Indistinti confini – Velinus comprising a tree trunk made of marble, whose bark contains the trace of a line, which may suggest some ivy climbing up the trunk, but whose shape is also a reference to the Velino river in central Italy.

Richard Long’s works can be seen as portraits of the artist as he uses no tools to produce them other than his own body, as in the works in which the geometric shapes are made by a succession of muddy footprints, or in the textworks in which the words visualise paths the artist actually followed through the landscape; one of these is in the exhibition: Watching ants and thunderstorms, inspired by a trip Long made to the Middle Sisters, a group of volcanic mountains in Oregon (USA).

Christiane Löhr uses natural elements, such as blades of grass and flowers from trees, arranged to create sculptures suggesting geometric figures or architecture. In her drawings, which can be read figuratively as shadows of branches, the lines geometrically balance fullness and emptiness, with the black and white of the space on the sheet extending ideally outwards. The black oil pastel used to make the drawing is spread by the artist with her fingers so that the material of the pastel itself penetrates the texture of the paper.

Courtesy the artist and Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photos © Archivio fotografico Tucci Russo


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