Cortesi Gallery is delighted to present Checkmate. Games of International Art from the Sixties to Now, a group exhibition featuring works by Alberto Biasi, Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Tony Cragg, Piero Dorazio, Tano Festa, Joseph Kosuth, Heinz Mack, Giulio Paolini, Jesús-Rafael Soto, Grazia Varisco.
Checkmate proposes a critical journey to discover the capacity of art to confound viewers, both visually and conceptually. Not only can an artwork surprise with the provocation of its forms, but it also creates short-circuits among different elements, thus revealing further levels of interpretation that challenge ideas of space, time and language.
The exhibition plays on multiple significances, starting from its title, which could refer to a checkered board, a grid that the artist uses to organise intuition within the parameters of language; or a chessboard, where strategies come together to confront viewers.
Checkmate explores relationships between works from the 50s and the 70s, as well as more recent pieces. The narrative’s point of departure begins with a work realised by Giulio Paolini in 2003 (Zeusi e Parrasio) and another by Tony Cragg from 2007 (Points of View), installed along a diagonal that cuts through the gallery space.
CORTESI GALLERY LONDONCheckmate. Games of International Art from the Sixties to NowCurated by Ilaria Bignotti21 September – 30 November 2016