David LaChapelle: An Illuminating Path, 1998
August 21st, 2019 - January 26th, 2020
The exhibition Michael Jackson: On the Wall, which includes some 100 works of art, brings together leading contemporary artists’ interpretations of Michael Jackson. It features artists from Andy Warhol to Isa Genzken, Kehinde Wiley and Jordan Wolfson. Inspired by the pop icon, the artists have examined the impact and influence of Jackson’s life and art on our culture and our ideas.
Produced by the National Portrait Gallery, the show is curated by its Director, Dr. Nicholas Cullinan. The exhibition opened in London in the summer of 2018 on what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday. After London, the exhibition has toured to Grand Palais in Paris and Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and finally it will open at EMMA in August 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication of a hardcover catalogue with essays by Nicholas Cullinan, Margo Jefferson and Zadie Smith.
Double Like Tata at Galleria Ramo
Double Like Tata by Gianna Dispenza
November 9th, 2019 - January 19th, 2020
Faces, bodies, and flowers can be glimpsed in the depths of uncertain spaces, peeking out from old printed text like “Mastercard Aquisito” or “mobilités.” Residue of daily habits feature prominently in Dispenza’s work, as train tickets, receipts, wrappers, and refuse become canvases for a surplus of orchid renderings. These orchids merge among and punctuate the entire collection of the work exhibited. In her culminating piece “Double Like Tata but Mama Doesn’t Have Them” the artist wittily indicates that while the orchid is deeply charged with notions of femininity, its name, an offshoot of the ancient Greek órkhis, in fact means “testicle,” due to the shape of the twin tubers. Dispenza’s orchids interrupt a gender binary, and with surprising joy and pleasure, compel the onlooker to take a second glance.
Double like tata, simultaneously delights and haunts. Nearly a monochrome collection, her painted forms and drawings embody the atmosphere and transience of a shadow. Like the used tickets, her densely worked paintings and airy line drawings gesture with equal resolve toward the frustration and impossibility of reclaiming time and space. And yet her access points are some of the most common and fundamental collective habits—sitting, transit, and the tactile refuse of memory.
Miguel Machado: Las Mascotas De Venice
Cordon De Plata by Miguel Alejandro Machado Suarez
November 21st, 2019 - January 21st, 2020
Translated from Spanish: A silver cord is a thread of light that allows the ether or soul to return to the body after a transpersonal experience. I have experienced this sensation while I meditate or paint -- what interests me most to show with this series of paintings is the aura of the places that I have visited, the energetic sensations, and the invisible presences before my eyes.