North South, 2011
White Portland stone and black Delabole slate
RICHARD LONG & GUISEPPE PENONE
Haunch of Venison
Last night was the Private view of the Richard Long exhibition at the Haunch of Venison. Richard Long is known as one of England's most important conceptual land Artists. His work consists of mud, stones, clay, handprints, photography and text work.
I enjoy his genuine love and use of nature, and the simple gratifying effect it has on us.
Human Nature, 2011
White China clay, Chinese blue pigments
and red Vallauris clay
Stone Print Spiral, 2011
Danish river stones
A circle in Norway
White china clay on scrap metal from Niger
But, what was maybe more interesting to me at this opening was the discovery of Guiseppe Penone.
Guiseppe Penone like Richard Long has also worked since the 60's with Natural elements like Stones, trees, water and sap.
The exhibition by the two Artists floated well together, perhaps too well since it was hard to know who had done what. At first I was surprised at Richard Long's exciting new direction in his work, only to find out that the honor was Guiseppe Penone's.
Pelle di grafite (Skin of graphite)
Graphite on black paper on canvas
These canvases, a series of 8, was quite stunning. The effect made it look like a combination of leather with silver imprints, but close up you could see the composed graphite drawings on black paper.
Lo Spazio della scultura-pelle di cedro
(Space of sculpture - cedar skin)
2001, Bronze, leather
Pen, pencil, paper
After showing you these two great "ArtEco" artists, I can't help but to share some fantastic news.
We just found out that my man (he is an architect) is about to start an exciting renovation of a large Contemporary Museum! I will have to tell you more about this later.
Have a Fabulous weekend!