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Gaetano Pesce - The Liquidity of Time

July 7 — September 1 2022

Champ Lacombe presents The Liquidity of Time, a new solo exhibition by Gaetano Pesce (b. 1939, Italy. Lives and works in New York). The show, curated by Stella Bottai and Lucy Chadwick, creates a dialogue between key historical works – some never exhibited previously – and newly commissioned pieces, such as an environmental resin floor painting and a large outdoor sculpture inspired by one of Pesce’s lamp prototypes.

One of the world’s most influential living artists, Pesce’s work is renowned for blurring boundaries between art, design, and architecture and is celebrated worldwide for his provocative and experimental approach. Pesce’s career spans over fifty years and nearly every medium, moving fluidly and playfully across categorical definitions of objecthood. Making a virtue of incoherence, over the years Pesce has prioritized his stance as an artist and intellectual. His designs embrace figuration and colour, challenging the physical properties of materials and playing with their unpredictable behaviour.

The title The liquidity of time encompasses one of the key principles of Pesce’s artistic philosophy, that is the idea that the contemporary age is defined by continuous change, curiosity, uncertainty, and innovation. The artist thus seeks to reflect and give form to these forces employing fluid materials that allow him to pursue objects that, in his words, are sincere and truthful to their epoch.

Born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939, Gaetano Pesce studied Architecture at the University of Venice between 1958 to 1963 and was a participant in Gruppo N, an early collective concerned with cinetic art patterned after the Bauhaus. He taught architecture at the Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France for 28 years; Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh; Domus Academy in Milan; Polytechnic of Hong Kong; Architectural School of Sao Paulo; and the Cooper Union in New York City, where he has lived and worked since 1980. Pesce’s work can be found in the permanent collections of over 30 national and international museums including the Museum of Modern Art in both New York and San Francisco; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Vitra Museum in Germany; Pompidou Center and Musee des Arts Décoratifs of Louvre in Paris; and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His award-winning designs include the prestigious Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design in 1993, the Architektur and Wohnen Designer of the Year in 2006, the Lawrence J. Israel Prize from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2009 and the XXVII Compasso d’Oro ADI - Product Career Award in 2022. His solo exhibition My Dear Mountains at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, runs until 9 October 2022, including his first architectural façade.

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Current Exhibition Gaetano Pesce - The Liquidity of Time Jul 7 — Sep 1
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