What is Artissima?
Autumn is the time for the international art scene to explode. There is an abundance of art fairs to choose from and a series of exhibitions which are to last well through the winter. The situation isn’t much different when it comes to the city of Turin. The exhibition by David Ostrowski is well under way (read more in our article Just Do It) and, in a couple of days, Galo Art Gallery will host an interesting show (read more in Ben Frost vs Galo). Among these, and many other shows, the public of art lovers is in anticipation of Artissima, the international art fair of contemporary art, taking place in the period between November 7th and November 9th 2104.
Artissima Art Fair
In 2013, Artissima attracted 50,000 visitors, including art professionals, art lovers and the general public, as well as over 1,200 accredited journalists. The art fair consists of six major sections. Representing the most renowned galleries on the international art scene is the Main Section, followed by New Entries, which is devoted to young galleries. Young emerging artists from around the globe can find their place at the Present Future section. An interesting section is surely reflected in the presentation of solo exhibitions by artists active in 1960s and 1980s, titled Back to the Future. For the presentation of editioned works, prints and multiples by contemporary artists and presented by galleries, the section Art Edition is reserved. An inspiring novum in 2014 will be the Per4m, a section devoted to the presentation of performative works. The 21st edition of Artissima will feature 194 contemporary art galleries and an interesting show titled Shit and Die, organized by Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Papini.
One Torino: Shit and Die
The year 2013 brought us the first edition of One Torino, which had comprised out of five independent, but intertwined group shows. This exhibition project had been created for the purpose of presenting Turin as the center of contemporary art discourse, showing that the city is truly a dynamic and experimental art capital of Europe and the world. But, what is Shit and Die? This project will represent an extraordinary non-linear experience which articulates the various aspects of different art pieces, inviting the public to join in on the thought-provoking aspirations of the show. The whole event is imagined to be a complex dialogue with the historical discourse of the city of Turin. The exhibition itself is divided into seven sections, each corresponding to a particular object which functions as a thematic focal point for the show. The fact that the show is rooted in the cultural urban space, serves the purpose of illuminating the city’s history. Finally, with the input of the artwork itself, as well the rapport it establishes with the space, enables the public to experience various levels of meaning… Shit and Die opens on November 6th 2014, and it will last until January 11th 2015.
Andrea Kvas’ Atacai by CO2 Gallery
One of the exhibitions that is coming our way during the Artissima Art Fair, is the show titled Atacai by Andrea Kvas. The artist focuses on the deconstruction and analysis of the painting object. The exhibition is a par excellence postmodern journey through which the artist focuses on the conceptual and formal steps which he had been devoted to during the creation of past bodies of work. The exhibition takes place at CO2 Gallery between November 8th and December 20th 2014.