Announcing its plans for Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 via e-mail, Casey Kaplan gallery shared that it now represents Italian painter Giorgio Griffa. Born in 1936, Mr. Griffa has not had a one-person show at a New York gallery since 1970, when he showed with the late Ileana Sonnabend.
At Art Basel Miami Beach, Kaplan will show Mr. “Griffa’s minimal, unstretched paintings that have demonstrated the artist’s consistently vivacious exploration of his chosen material and medium and the idea of painting as an action with an infinite duration,” the gallery said in its message. A one-person show with Mr. Griffa is scheduled at the gallery for next fall.
Though not well known in the United States, Mr. Griffa has shown regularly in Italy. This year he was the subject of a solo exhibition at Rome’s MACRO museum (Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma), and he has had recent shows at galleries in Turin, Milan, Seregno and Bergamo.
In an essay written in 1987, critic Silvana Sinisi wrote, “[w]hile Giorgio Griffa has been in the vanguard of Italian art almost 20 years, he continues to be something of a ‘case apart,’ someone difficult to categorize, somewhat ‘out on a limb.'” Almost a quarter century after that was published, New Yorkers will have an opportunity to make sense of his work.