Turi Simeti (1929-2021): A Homage

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Turi Simeti (1929-2021): A Homage

London

Turi Simeti (1929-2021): A Homage
to Fri 15 Oct 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm
Artist: Turi Simeti

This Autumn The Mayor Gallery presents an affectionate homage to the Italian artist Turi Simeti who sadly passed away earlier this year, with an exhibition of works spanning 40 years from 1967 to 2007. A cultural and commercial success, Turi Simeti is considered a true pioneer, a “maestro,” of 20th and 21st Century Italian art and leaves behind an extraordinary legacy and body of work.

Artworks

Un ovale bianco, 2002

Acrylic on shaped canvas
39 2/5 × 39 2/5 in (100 × 100 cm)

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4 Ovali Marroni, 2004

Acrylic on shaped canvas
39 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches (100 x 120 cm)

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Sette ovali bianchi, 2002

Acrylic on shaped canvas
39 3/8 x 47 ¼ inches (100 x 120 cm)

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Superficie bianca con un ovale, 1988

Acrylic on shaped canvas
23 5/8 x 55 1/8 inches (60 x 140 cm)

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Un ovale viola, 1983

Acrylic on shaped canvas
27 1/2 x 63 inches (70 × 160 cm)

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Superficie nera con un ovale, 1992

Acrylic on shaped canvas
47 1/4 x 59 1/8 inches (120 x 150 cm)

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Tre ovali in rosso, 1967

Oil on shaped canvas
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches (120 x 120 cm)

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Superficie grigia con un tondo, 1989

Acrylic on shaped canvas
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches (120 x 120 cm)

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Tre ovali in grigio, 1980

Acrylic on shaped canvas
67 x 35 1/2 inches (170 × 90 cm)

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Due ovali in grigio, 1993

Acrylic and collage on shaped canvas
39 3/8 x 47 1/4 inches (100 x 120 cm)

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Cinque ovali in bianco, 2002

Acrylic on shaped canvas
78 3/4 x 59 inches (200 x 150 cm)

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Sei ovali in grigio, 1993

Acrylic on shaped canvas
47 1/4 x 39 3/8 inches (120 x 100 cm)

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Un tondo grigio, 1989

Acrylic on shaped canvas
51 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches (130 × 100 cm)

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Un ovale blu, 2005

Waxed shaped canvas
15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (40 x 40 cm)

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Superficie grigia con un ovale, 1985

Acrylic on shaped canvas
6 3/8 x 47 1/4 inches (16 x 120 cm)

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Un ovale bianco, 1986

Acrylic on shaped canvas
7 1/8 x 47 1/4 inches (18 x 120 cm)

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Un ovale grigio, 1986

Acrylic on shaped canvas
7 7/8 x 47 1/4 inches (20 x 120 cm)

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Un ovale viola, 1983

Acrylic on shaped canvas
31 1/2 × 35 1/4 in (80 × 90 cm)

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Born in Alcamo, Sicily, 1929, Turi Simeti moved to Rome in 1958 where he met Alberto Burri who was a significant influence and mentor to the young artist. He became an integral part of the dynamic art scenes in Rome and later in Milan with his debut show being in 1965 at the pivotal touring exhibition ZERO Avantgarde. Held in Lucio Fontana’s atelier and organised by Nanda Vigo, it featured many of the Zero Group’s most influential members. Simeti became an active member of the post-war Art Informel and ZERO movements alongside his Italian contemporaries Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Enrico Castellani and Agostino Bonalumi.

Minimalist in conception, Simeti’s practice developed from the flat collages of the late 50s and early 60s, to the spatial complexity of his signature three-dimensional extroflexed canvases. Comprised of dynamic patterns of ovals that dance across the monochromatic surface of the canvas they are evocative of notations of a musical composition. The physicality of the work demands a personal viewing experience, to experience the play of light and shadow and the subtle complexities of the coloured surface and the dynamism that exists between these two aesthetic elements of shape and colour.

Since 1965, Simeti has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions including at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. His work is included in prominent collections, including the MAM in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bolzano, the Galleria Civica, Turin, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, the Museo del Novecento, Palazzo Reale, Milan in Italy and the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen, in Germany.

Courtesy of The Mayor Gallery, London


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