Giorgio Griffa at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome

GIORGIO GRIFFA, Numerazioni, 1998
Acrylic on canvas, 117 x 97 cm / 46.1 x 38.2 in
Courtesy of Galleria Lorcan O’Neill


Born in Turin 1936, Giorgio Griffa is one of the most radical and articulate artists of the avant-garde in Italy. Working since the ‘60s and ‘70s in Turin, Griffa has been associated with the Arte Povera movement while simultaneously creating his own distinct method and style. His paintings employ a gestural series of mark making in bright and intense acrylic colours on raw, unstretched canvases. 

He became known internationally in the 1960s as part of the Arte Povera movement. In 1969 and 1973 he participated to the avant-garde shows “Prospect” at the Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf, where he later had a solo exhibition (1978); and in 1970 to “Processi di pensiero visualizzati”, a seminal exhibition at the Kunstmuseum, Lucerne. In the same year Griffa exhibited at Sonnabend Gallery in New York and Paris. He was then invited to “Contemporanea” (1973), the historical exhibition in the garages of Villa Borghese in Rome where Joseph Beuys, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Mario Merz and many others premiered important interventions.

Solo presentations of his work include Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin (2000); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO, 2011), Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin (2012), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2014). Griffa’s work has also been shown at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Kunsthaus Zurich, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Castello di Rivoli in Turin, and Tate Modern. Museum collection that include his works comprise the Dallas Museum of Art, Tate Modern, London, the Serralves Foundation, Portugal, the Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, and Galleria d’Arte Moderna Roma and Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy.

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