“Collection of a Magpie” by Alice Padovani

A magpie embodies the spirit of the collector

 

Le Dame Art Gallery are delighted to present “Collection of a Magpie”, the first UK Solo Show of Italian artist Alice Padovani.

Born in 1979 in Italy, where she still lives and works, she graduated at the University of Bologna with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy in 2007 and a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts in 2015. Preferring drawings, installations and performances, as a visual artist she has won several awards such as the Art Rounds – Celeste Prize in 2016, the Who art you? Press Award Winner – 4th Edition (Italy) in 2015 and the Young Art Pitching Prize, Art&Museum International Exhibition Xchange in Turin (Italy) in 2014.

In 2017 she was selected for the Artrooms Fair in London and due to the incredible success with Private and Public Collections, the directors Cristina Cellini Antonini and Chiara Canal invited her to join the Portfolio of Le Dame Art Gallery.

“Alice is the kind of artist every gallery would like to work with. Her artistic research generates impactful works worth a Museum exhibition, such as those from the “Collection of a Magpie” series. Scarab beetles and little tiny objects, or fragments are assembled together to create precious nests made in gold, or emerald or simply black and white. The outcome is just exquisite, a must-have collection”, say Cristina and Chiara.

Alice’s constant research and unconventional background (as a former theatre actor and director) lead her to explore different media and techniques. Obsessed with death and time, art is a personal diary to overcome loss and grief.

 

“Collection of a Magpie”

A magpie does not steal, it collects
It takes small shiny objects and bring them into the nest
Wedged between feathers, twigs and dry leaves, it creates a small collection of enchanting failures

A magpie embodies the spirit of the collector

In its nest, like within a collection, objects replace desires
To arrange, classify, select, and sort, just like memory exercises
A space for reconstruction

Alice Padovani

 

Exhibition Facts
Collection of a Magpie by Alice Padovani
Private View: 7 June from 6pm to 8pm
Public Opening: 8 June – 31 August
Monday to Friday from 10Am to 6pm
Saturday from 12pm to 6pm
 
Venue:
Le Dame Art Gallery at the Meliá White House Hotel
Albany St, Regent’s Park
London, NW1 3UP

NY¦Rome 6 May – 3 June

Le Dame Art Gallery is pleased to present New York / Rome Minimalism/Arte Povera curated by Lorenzo Belenguer. It is an invitation to explore the strong links between Rome and New York in the 60s as a starting point, how they influenced each other and how prevalent they are today in Contemporary Art. The influential YBA, Gavin Turk, leads a selection of six artists from Britain, Israel, Spain and Croatia to demonstrate that both movements are still very current in art making today. (Featured imaged “Nazar” by Gavin Turk)

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Lingus Installation by Ayelet Amrani Navon

A minimalistic aesthetic has always fascinated artists. But it is in the 60s when a movement, Minimalism, was developed as a reaction to the Abstract Expressionism in vogue in those years. Around the same time, the term Arte Povera was coined by the art critic Germano Celant, literally meaning “poor art”, because of its use of everyday or “poor” materials. It also started as a reaction to abstract painting. However the production process is very different in both movements. Minimalism favours industrial manufacturing while Arte Povera assembles daily objects, both following a rigorous intellectual process and aiming for a basic, and perhaps spiritual, presentation of ideas.

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Colors – Cedric Christie

Contemporary Minimalism is a fusion of many movements. Nowadays artists feel free from the corset of manifestos from the last century and pick and choose as they wish. A selection of six artists demonstrates that Minimalism can also be presented as art in movement, or kinetically, in the contribution of Gavin Turk; as photojournalism of an island destroyed by bombs during the Second War World; as Surrealism with basic colouring. Or just as an artwork where the terms Minimalism and Arte Povera can be interchanged.

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Nets 1 – Vany Balogh

Belenguer, the curator and one of the exhibiting artists, says: “The 60s produced some of the most innovative movements in Art History and I find Minimalism and Arte Povera rather unique. Based in two different cities in two different continents, a strong dialogue between both took place. I would like to present this show as a starting point of future projects with works by Serra, Judd, Flavin, Pistoletto, Andre, Penone, Merz, Kounellis, etc, shown alongside contemporary artists such as the ones introduced in this exhibition. A dialogue in the making.”

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Box #6 – Lorenzo Belenguer

Cristina Cellini Antonini,  co-director with Chiara Canal of Le Dame gallery, adds: “As someone born in Rome, I have always been aware of the strong dialogue between Rome and New York since many Italians emigrated there in the 50s and 60s. I am pleased that the movements originated in that decade, Arte Povera and Minimalism, are still very influential in today’s artists. Artists of the calibre of Gavin Turk will exhibit alongside a very interesting roster of up and coming artists and we are proud to facilitate this project.”

List of artists:
Gavin Turk, Ayelet Amrani Navon, Vanya Balogh, Lorenzo Belenguer, Cedric Christie and Eva Raboso.

EXHIBITION FACTS

TITLE: New York / Rome
ADDRESS: Le Dame Gallery at White Meliá Hotel, Albany Street, Regent’s Park, London NW1 3UP OPENING HOURS: Mon to Fri 10am to 6pm – Saturday from 12 noon to 6pm. Sunday by appointment only
TELEPHONE:
EMAIL: info@ledame.co.uk
WEBSITE: http://www.ledameartgallery.com

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Eva Raboso