Massimo Agostinelli, in front of his works at Hus Gallery, 2015, photo credits - artist

Massimo Agostinelli

United States 1987

Prints

www.massimoagostinelli.com

Massimo Agostinelli
Massimo Agostinelli
Male
United States
1987
June 17, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Massimo Agostinelli is an emerging American-Italian contemporary artist born in 1987 in London, UK. Agostinelli received his BA from Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Art, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, before pursuing apprenticeships in printmaking at Alastair Lockhard in London, among others.

Palindrome series

Massimo Agostinelli is best known for his Palindrome series, 2014, composed of coloured mirrored “canvas” sheets imprinted in relief with some of the most iconic image in human and art history. Agostinelli’s appropriation ranges from the Western timeline, capturing allegories from Greek mythology and Renaissance painting, through 20th Century politics, to contemporary themes. Appropriating stock images from Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus to Peter Paul Rubens’ Adam and Eve, each cultural snapshot is thoughtfully selected, cropped, coloured and overlaid with a unique palindromic phrase unlocking a layer of hidden meaning for each subject.

Massimo Agostinelli - MADAM IN EDEN IM ADAM, 2014, (left), installation view / Massimo Agostinelli - LIVE NOT ON EVIL, 2014, (right), installation view
Massimo Agostinelli – MADAM IN EDEN IM ADAM, 2014, (left), installation view / Massimo Agostinelli – LIVE NOT ON EVIL, 2014, (right), installation view

Though distinctive in expression and emotional response, and highly differing in original source, Massimo Agostinelli’s pieces are brought together by compositional uniformity and historical importance. The relation between the bravely proclaimed text and its iconic image is animated by the viewer’s individual response, he has to move in front of the mirrored reflection to catch on its multiple nature.

Massimo Agostinelli - MUST SELL AT TALLEST SUM (WALL STREET), 2014, photo credits - artist
Massimo Agostinelli – MUST SELL AT TALLEST SUM (WALL STREET), 2014

Massimo Agostinelli at Hus Gallery

In May, 2015 Massimo Agostinelli held his first solo exhibition, entitled Palindromes, at Hus Gallery in London, UK. The show presented a selection of twelve works from Agostinelli’s Palindromes series.

Massimo Agostinelli - Palindromes, Hus Gallery, London, 2015, installation view, photo credits - artist
Massimo Agostinelli – Palindromes, Hus Gallery, London, 2015, installation view

Agostinelli’s works have been featured in many public and private collections in Europe, North America and South Africa.

Massimo Agostinelli lives and works between London, UK and Zurich, Switzerland.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015PalindromesHus Gallery, London, UKSolo
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