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Gianni Piacentino

Partners & Mucciaccia, London

Gianni Piacentino, NICKEL FRAME VEHICLE WITH ALUMINIUM TRIANGLE TANK AND WHEELS_MODEL 71, I, 2013 - 2014. Courtesy: Partners & Mucciaccia, London

Gianni Piacentino, NICKEL FRAME VEHICLE WITH ALUMINIUM TRIANGLE TANK AND WHEELS_MODEL 71, I, 2013 - 2014. Courtesy: Partners & Mucciaccia, London

Partners & Mucciaccia present an homage to the technical and inventive career of Italian artist Gianni Piacentino, which spans over fifty years. The selection of works, which include his first sculptures made in 1965 and his most recent paintings in trans-chrome from 2017, question the difference between sculptures and paintings, and reflect on color as a concrete substance and physicality.

Gianni Piacentino (b. 1945, Turin; lives and works in Turin) was in his early twenties when he created his first monochrome canvases and geometric structures. Inspired by motorcycles, automobiles and planes, his oeuvre contains a high degree of technical expertise and inventive skill. His work turns to the technological and industrial product, testing and changing it into spatial and chromatic potentialities. Piacentino made his first geometric work in the mid-1960s, before American Minimal Art was known in Europe. Curated by the artist himself, the scope of work underlines elements of continuity in his practice, as well as the richness and specificity of single moments and periods. Rather than a chronological overview of the artist’s evolution, the exhibition aims to be a key to interpreting his work.