– Lucia di Luciano breaks free from grid pattern color
Lovay Fine Arts is exhibiting recent paintings by the 90-year-old Italian artist, whose work has roots in the “Programmed Art” of the 1960s.
For decades, Lucia di Luciano explored with a brush the geometric and repetitive radicality of patterns derived from rational data. Born in Syracuse in 1933, the painter was a central figure in arte programmata, or “programmed art,” a utopian movement that took off in the 1960s in Italy. In this post-war period, these visionary artists used computer technologies – namely electronic music – then emerging as production tools, convinced that they would provide the basis for a new social freedom.
“At 85, she is deconstructing her grid patterns, experimenting with color with incredible compositional awareness.”
Balthazar Lovay, gallerist
The nonagenarian is exhibiting a series of paintings at Lovay Fine Arts under the title “Essenzialità”, created mainly in recent months. Although for more than forty years Lucia di Luciano dedicated herself tirelessly to rigorous, almost mathematical abstraction, she decided, in 2016, to explode her diagrams. “At 85, she deconstructs her grid patterns by experimenting with color with a compositional awareness that is incredible,” says Balthazar Lovay, co-founder of the gallery with Marina Romiszowska.
In a kind of reinterpretation of his work, the Transalpine artist produces pieces where the grid is arranged organically, vibrating flexibly in the space of the canvas, elegantly playing with light and the chromatic palette. “It’s as if we were showing a young 90-year-old artist”, laughs the gallerist. The hanging was organized by curator Mohamed Almusibli, in close collaboration with the painter.
Established since April on rue des Sablons, in the Bains neighborhood, this new space dedicated to contemporary art aims, in particular, to rediscover forgotten artists. Its instigators also hope to develop its programming by opening up to young international visual artists.
Until December 23, 4, rue des Sablons. Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 7pm, Saturday, 12pm to 5pm.