Spotlight

Riccardo Guarneri

Rosenfeld Porcini, London (S8)

Riccardo Guarneri, due archi di luce, 1988. Courtesy: the artist and Rosenfeld Porchini, London

Riccardo Guarneri, due archi di luce, 1988. Courtesy: the artist and Rosenfeld Porchini, London

Rosenfeld Porcini presents an intimate installation that captures the art and process of formidable Italian artist Riccardo Guarneri, including works from the 1960s-1990s as well tools and materials from the artist’s studio in florence.

From his debut in the early 1960s Guarneri has focused on radical visual investigation built around the idea that mark, color and light constitute the intrinsic essence of a work. Forecasting some of the artistic research which blossomed throughout the 1960s, he concentrated on the essential aspects of painting. Guarneri liberated his work from representational concern and descriptive temptation, yet eschewed the conceptual dogma at the core of minimalism. Instead, he favored a lyrical, weightless abstraction.

On view will be a selection of studio materials: set squares, colors, pencils, and sketches. An array of tools that have accompanied him for decades will be reproduced. The selection of paintings and works on paper displayed around these objects document the stylistic integrity of an artist who has devoted his practice to developoing continuous variations of a common theme. Characterized by apparent stillness and weightlessness, Guarneri’s works conjure a natural tension. His imperceptibly asymmetrical geometric structures confront a light that consumes and unravels them. In a total absence of emphasis, the harmony of their luminous vibrations affirms emotional contemplation, and a slow, serene envelopment into the works.

Riccardo Guarneri (b. 1933, Florence; lives and works in Florence) began painting in his early twenties. At the same time, he developed a career as a musician. He plays jazz and classical guitar with orchestras in Italy and abroad.