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Faces and Places by Andrea Ventura



Faces and Places by Andrea Ventura

The ICI hosts the first UK solo exhibition of painter and illustrator Andrea Ventura.The show features five new works by Ventura, created especially for the ICI, as well as many of his famous portraits, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Elsa Morante, Bernardo Bertolucci, Italo Calvino and Goffredo Parise. It traces an ideal line connecting protagonists of recent events at the Institute, such as Primo Levi, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Samuel Beckett, with the ones that we will see in 2016. I always start painting my portraits from photographs. Rather than portraying persons, I paint sculptures. It was not exactly a choice, I simply began this way and then continued, very naturally. I usually start from the head and the shoulders. For me these are the two supporting elements, the work’s entire structure depends upon their balance. When I paint a portrait it is as if I was interested in an object, a three-dimensional object placed upon a pedestal. […] My portraits are not psychological, at least not from my point of view. I am interested in plasticity. This is why I do not like painting persons I personally know.

Although they are extremely recent, [some of] the works exhibited on the ground floor are part of a journey I began almost ten years ago, where interiors – and, more specifically, rooms such as bedrooms or bathrooms – constitute precisely the constant factor. In a previous series, I painted various bedrooms with walls covered by other images – paintings, posters, photographs – that recalled a presence.

Andrea Ventura, from Conversation with Andrea Ventura in Primo Autunno (curated by Marco Delogu, Quodlibet, 2016)

Andrea Ventura lives and works in Berlin. He is well known for his illustrations for publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone and Businessweek and many other national and international newspaper, magazines and books. His awards include gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators for his portraits of Latrell Sprewell, Jorge Luis Borges and Glenn Gould and a Gold Medal for the Lead Awards 2010. His works have been exhibited around the world.



Data: Da Lun 14 Mar 2016 a Mar 29 Mar 2016

Orario: Dalle 10:00 alle 17:00

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero