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Contemporary heredity. Gastone Novelli on display at the Guggenheim
Written by Chiara Casarin   
temivariazioni.jpgHe became famous for an act that sparked the revolt of the artists at the 1968 Biennial. Gastone Novelli (1925-1968) was, during his lifetime, a protagonist of Italian art. Today, more than forty years after his death, his talent continues to occupy one of the highest places in the history of the birth of contemporary art. In 1968, Novelli responded to the police provocation in the Biennial Gardens by reversing his paintings toward the wall: an act such as this, by an artist invited to give a personal exposition in the Venetian kermesse of that year, surely could not go unnoticed and uncommented. 1968 was not the first year that Gastone Novelli was present in the Lagoon City. In 1960, he had been invited to the Crack at the Galleria Il Canale, in 1961 to the Galleria Il Traghetto, in 1964 to the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation. He participated in the 32nd edition, 1964, in which he won the Gollin Award. Now, at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, there is a dedication to him of the exhibition called Temi e Variazioni. Scrittura e spazio. Gastone Novelli a Venezia, organized by Luca Massimo Barbero, produced in collaboration with the Archivio Gastone Novelli, Rome.

temivariazionibacon_scimpanze.jpgOn display here are the notebooks which narrate his Venetian sojourns, the time when he had a studio on Giudecca island, when he used a special red colour that reminded him so much of the Venetian Renaissance, designs in which he portrays Venice in the attempt of graphically transmitting the potentiality of isolation which the creative spirit knows how to find between water and sky, between Istrian stones and the perfume of culture which all sensitive souls perceive and cherish.

 

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