The Milan Review Of Ghosts Rome Launch Party


June 30, 2011 – h.8.00 pm
Dalverme Estivo – c/o Circolo degli Artisti – Giardino, Via Casilina Vecchia 42, Rome

The Milan Review of Ghosts is the first issue of a semiannual literary journal, founded in Milan, written in english, that publishes short stories and hand-made artworks such as paintings, drawings, etc. Each issue of The Milan Review will be radically different from the other. The theme of the first issue is ghosts, obviously: 192 pages featuring exclusive stories by Dave Cull, Jonathan Dixon, Glen Hirschberg, Noy Holland, Jonathon Keats, Tao Lin, Clancy Martin, E.C. Osondu, Dawn Raffel, Nelly Rei$er, Rebecca Rosenblum, Deb Olin Unferth, Corinna Vallianatos, Brent Van Horne and illustrated by Matt Furie and paintings by Maison Du Crac.

It  looks like a book but it’s considered a magazine because it is a periodical publication covering a particular subject: independent literature + art. The Milan Review focuses on a fine and evanescent spectrum of something new and relevant about creative work and fiction, packed in an atypical format. In other words this project is interesting because it has a strange substance and shadowy semblance, for its spiritual consistency and because it suggests qualities and memories, unknown images and sounds. Exactly like a ghost. Tomorrow there will be launch party in Rome. Check it out.

Here are two exclusive sketches by Dawn Raffel included in the first issue.


Banks Violette at the Museo Civico Diocesano di Santa Maria dei Servi


June 11 – August 21 2011
Museo Civico Diocesano di Santa Maria dei Servi – Città della Pieve (PG), Italy

Il Giardino dei Lauri and the Municipality of Città della Pieve are proud to announce an innovative exhibition by world-renowned artist Banks Violette taking place at the Museo Civico Diocesano di S. Maria dei Servi from June 11th to August 21st 2011.

The solo show, curated by Benjamin Godsill, is a continuation of the contemporary art projects undertaken by Il Giardino dei Lauri.

Brooklyn-based artist Banks Violette – who is included in the “Il Giardino dei Lauri Collection” – is known for creating situations and installations that draw on uncanny examples of the ordinary to spectacular ends. He creates and repurposes images, films, structures, and objects that are full of established cultural signifiers yet totally empty of empirical meaning – endowing these seemingly known forms with new possibilities.

Crafting objects and images — be they bits of film, abandoned musical instruments, vehicles, billboards, or stage-sets — Violette engages with iconography that is always already exhausted and over-determined in a process he describes as “visual strip mining”. It is from these ashes of signification – of meaning making – from whence his innovative artistic language emerges.


Rachel Rose ON IT


June 27 – July 10, 2011
Opening reception: Monday, June 27, h.6-9 pm
The Venerable English College – Via di Monserrato, 42

ON IT is an exhibition of recent work by American painter Rachel Rose. Begun in Rome during the past year, this body of paintings and drawings returns for a solo show in the crypt of the Venerable English College in the capital’s historic center.

ON IT presents fifteen paintings made on Perspex and maple supports with acrylic, spray paint, enamel, resin, dyes and tape. “I am interested in images that are unable to exceed the weight of their own surfaces,” Rose has written. Smooth supports are encrusted with the physical evidence of reactions between the applied substances: iridescent pigmented blooms, crackled surface tension, wet reapplication, and dry scrapes.

Rose’s whole-hearted handling of surface materiality creates an immediate biological tension between viewer and painting. As Marina Cashdan has written in the Huffington Post, “Rose doesn’t see abstraction as void of content but where form, content and surface meet.” This belief in the surface’s potential to host content is rooted in research Rose has conducted on paintings by Renaissance and Baroque masters such as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Lucas Cranach and Lorenzo Lotto.


Hungry City: Rome


June 23rd, 2011 – h.18.00
American Academy in Rome - Via Angelo Masina, 5

On June 23rd, 2011 Carolyn Steel will give a public lecture at the American Academy in Rome related to her best selling 2008 book “Hungry Cities: How Food Shapes our Lives”, which depended heavily upon early research in Rome, and how the ancient city fed itself. She will discuss the ways in which cities evolve around food, and in particular how the city of Rome has been shaped by these influences over time. Responses and questions from selected members of Academy community including chef Mona Talbott, architect Carlo Vigevano, scholar Michael Waters, and moderated by Academy fellow Fritz Haeg, will lead to an open discussion to be followed by a garden reception and a special Rome Sustainable Food Project dinner al fresco (with rsvp to and payment in advance).


The Taking Place of an Art Publication


June 21st 2011, h. 7.30 pm
Villa Romana, Via Senese 68, Florence

avere luogo book launch and discussion
followed by an evening of music selected by NERO

With the release of the catalogue avere luogo, published for Nora Schultz’s 2010 solo exhibition at the Fondazione Giuliani in Rome,

Nora Schultz, artist in residence at Villa Romana, Florence
Adrienne Drake, curator of the Fondazione Giuliani, Rome
Francesco de Figueiredo and Lorenzo Gigotti, NERO, Rome

will host an open discussion addressing today’s production and reception of art publications, and the relevance of publishing within an art context. How does a publication manifest certain frameworks within the process of an exhibition, and how does it challenge these frames? How can a catalogue step beyond its primary function of simply documenting and representing an exhibition?

The catalogue avere luogo was published in conjunction with the exhibition by Nora Schultz avere luogo, October 12 – December 31, 2010 at Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea.

The final section of the catalogue is a special project carried out by the artist in collaboration with NERO. The 32 pages are part of a selection of over 2.000 70 x 100 cm test sheets originating from the Marchesi printing houses, used for the print machines’ start-up. The layouts of the books to be produced are printed on these sheets, one on top of another. This gives rise to a series of palimpsests, characterized by a stratification of levels which, randomly overlapped, create abstract images of an almost sculptural physicality. Given that this special project is composed of recycled material, each one of these catalogues, in a limited edition of 1.000 copies, is unique and original.

The catalogue includes a special project by Nora Schultz too.

Texts:  Barbara Buchmaier, Adrienne Drake, Nora Schultz, Josef Strau.

MAXXIMALISM – Summer Music Shows at MAXXI


Encouraged by the success of 2010, MAXXI – the first national museum of contemporary art in Italy – is continuing with its programme of musical performances MAXXIMALISM, curated by NERO. The programme staged in the museum’s external spaces that have been transformed into a garden of green islands thanks to the stARTT studio’s WHATAMI project, winner of the YAP MAXXI 2011 competition.

This year too, the underlying theme of the musical programme attempts to draw attention to a historical trend that in recent years has established itself as an alternative to the neo-minimalist tendencies of the 1990s and the early 2000s. A trend that in its diverse forms we could define as “maximalist” and which embraces traditional, ethnic and pop influences as well as contaminations associated with the field of contemporary visual arts.

The first diary date will be the concert of Momus, known for his ascetic and in his own sensual style, Momus’ largely autobiographical lyrics are frequently impregnated with a dark humour and describe a fantastical universe in a refined and sophisticated manner. His performances revive the singer-songwriter tradition of the storyteller.