The Monteverdi Art Gallery is a place for international artists to exhibit new works and spend time in the historical and inspiring village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. To date, the gallery has exhibited many top tier international artists such as Patrizio Di Massimo (IT), Fay Nicolson (UK), Sanya Kantarovsky (RU/US), Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (UK), LV Peng (China), Andrea Chiesi (IT) and Rob Mango (US).
All exhibitions are free and open to guests and the public.
25 June – 4 September 2016
Book launch and artist talk, 6 August
Monteverdi Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of works by Billy Sullivan, and artist based in New York.
The exhibition is timed to accompany the release of the artist’s first monograph, Still, Looking. Works 1969–2016, published by Edition Patrick Frey.
With essays by William J. Simmons and Linda Yablonsky, the book explores the relationship in Sullivan’s work between painting, drawing and photography. The gallery will present a book launch in early August.
Billy Sullivan’s work straddles the vitality of fleeting moments and the construction of retrieved remembrance. His subjects are friends, allies, and collaborators. “I am never a voyeur,” he says. “The subject is always a participant.” Linda Yablonsky writes, “Billy is a diarist who doesn’t just represent. He interprets. Sometimes he invents.” According to art historian William J. Simmons, “Sullivan combines a Warholian world, wherein the archiving of life is so second-nature and immediate as to defy theorization, with an intensely rigorous excavation and recombination of past avant-gardes.”
One of the first critics to assess Sullivan’s work was the late poet and artist Rene Ricard, who in a 1978 review evoked both the “floating world” of Ukiyo-e painting and the 18th-century pastel-painters La Tour and Liotard.
The works shown at Monteverdi, show an apparent startling contrast. Images of his friends sit alongside light, gestural paintings of flowers, or a portrait. However, the contrast in the images belies a contrast in the intention behind the works – both are treated with equal love, care and affection. They are simply things that occur; friendships, life, flowers growing.
Billy Sullivan (b. 1946) has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1971. He has been included in important exhibitions such as Ugo Rondinone’s I Love John Giorno at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); GLAM! The Performance of Style, Tate Liverpool (2014); Open Windows, Addison Gallery of American Art, curated by Carroll Dunham (2012); Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2012); Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006). His recent solo exhibitions include shows at Ille Arts, Amagansett, New York (2015); Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich (2014); Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich (2014); Nicole Klagsbrun, New York (2012); kaufmann repetto, Milan (2011); Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (2011); Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, New York (2010); and Regen Projects, Los Angeles (2008). His paintings are currently in the 2016 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. Sullivan’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Parrish Art Museum, and the Denver Art Museum, as well as many other public and private collections.
Our most recent visual artist in residence and exhibition (March 26 – May 28, 2016) featured Santo Tolone, a remarkable young Italian artist based in Milan. Working in sculpture, photography, painting and installation, Tolone aims to modify characteristics that make objects and situations recognizable and to redefine our perception of what objects represent. He projects elements of these characteristics through formal and compositional abstraction. Deriving influences from objects we are used to seeing regularly, and are familiar with, he deconstructs and decontextualizes everyday objects, turning their otherwise trivial details into a source of alternative representation, awareness and pleasure, and revealing unexpected aesthetic, conceptual, and emotional possibilities. Tolone catalyzes the attention of the spectator on those redesigned images and emotions, finally united by a striking clarity of forms and composition.
Monteverdi’s Artists-in-Residence program allows an artist to have time to think, read and reflect, to develop a new body of work and to research future projects. In short, to be inspired by the place around him or her and, thereby, to inspire our guests. The gallery hosts both group exhibitions / thematic shows and solo exhibitions, talks and events.
The residency and gallery programs are curated by Sarah McCrory. Sarah is currently the Director of Glasgow International. For three years, McCrory worked as curator of Frieze Projects and Film, the curatorial program realized annually at Frieze Art Fair, producing over 20 projects and 14 films. In 2012, she curated a program of major public commissions as part of the London 2012 Festival. Prior to this, McCrory was co-curator of the not-for-profit organization, Studio Voltaire, London, the curator of project spaces at Arts & Jobs and Swallow Street, London, and advisor for Frame at Frieze Art Fair. She was curator of the self-publishing fair Publish and Be Damned, and was a Director of Vilma Gold, London. She sat on the jury of the 2014 Turner Prize.