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)

installation ayelet
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.

Colors by Cedric Christie
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.

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.”

Lorenzo Belenguer
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.


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
EMAIL: info@ledame.co.uk
WEBSITE: http://www.ledameartgallery.com

Eva Raboso


Exhibiting 70 works by contemporary up-and-coming Korean artists

Le Dame Art Gallery at Meliá White House Hotel are extremely honoured to be the host of ART KOREA LONDON, an exquisite collective exhibition curated by Mr Alvin Lee presenting of over 70 works by contemporary up-and-coming Korean artists.

Visitors are invited to discover the beauty and the mystery of the Korean art and society through a wide range of works, from mixed-media installations to photography, from paintings to sculptures all of which are prominent forms in Korean contemporary art.

The exhibition will take place in the gallery space from the 3rd to the 10th of February and continue on three floors of the Meliá White House Hotel until the 3rd of March.

To reserve a private tour to visit the exhibition on the floors, please contact Le Dame Art Gallery info@ledame.co.uk


Meet the artists! Tuesday, 9th of Feb from 4pm to 7pm

Download the Catalogue HERE