Dryphoto arte contemporanea


Andrea Abati, Prato #5, 2000







Luigi Ghirri, Renate Aller, Olivo Barbieri, Guido Guidi, Vittore Fossati, Vincenzo Castella, Andrea Abati, Dennis Marsico, Thomas Ruff, Francesca Woodman, Toshio Shibata, Sakiko Nomura, Kazuko Wakayama, Hiroto Fujimoto, Marco Signorini, Fabio Casati, Marco Baroncelli, Filippo Maggia, Carmelo Nicosia, Paolo Bernabini, Shao Yinong & Muchen, Shimabuku, Connie Dekker, Gea Casolaro, Zheng Guogu, Giovanni Ozzola, Robert Pettena, Margherita Verdi, Rita Linz, Tancredi Mangano, Michael Schmidt, Nobuyoshi Araki, Renate Aller, Andreoni e Fortugno, Natalie Magnan, Margot Pilz, Alessandro Mencarelli, Stefania Balestri, Mariette Schiltz, Stefano Boccalini, Paola Di Bello.

18 May – 16 June 2011

Closing party Thursday 16 June 5 pm – 12 pm, cocktail 8 pm

Dryphoto arte contemporanea via Pugliesi 23
Torre della Buca via Pugliesi 21
Ozne Pub via Pugliesi 35
Caffè Zero via Giuseppe Garibaldi 65

Wednesday–Saturday from 5pm to 8pm

press release
Moving is an exhibition in progress that narrates the story of the space and also represents its present situation. From 18 May to 16 June, a period of thirty days, correspondig to the 30-year activity of the via Pugliesi 23 space, works, selected from those who have shown work at Dryphoto from 1981 to today, will be positioned in the gallery. The works will accumulate gradually, forming the complete exhibition on 16 June. The artists have been chosen from those who have accompanied and/or marked a particular moment of reflection in our work. The exhibition offers an overview of the history of the gallery, but also of the history of photography over the last thirty years.At the beginning of the gallery’s activity, we were involved in debates, seminars, workshops and exhibitions regarding both the technical and the linguistic aspects of the photographic medium.
The early years, represented by the works of Luigi Ghirri, Olivo Barbieri, Guido Guidi, Vittore Fossati, Vincenzo Castella and Andrea Abati, were mostly devoted to Italian photography of the 1970s and 1980s, the kind of work that made a clear break with the past, based on full linguistic awareness of the potential of the medium. The American photographer Dennis Marsico, on the other hand, with his dye transfers, tells of the research on techniques of conservation of photographic color prints. These were the years in which photography achieved full status as an art medium, and Dryphoto began to collaborate not only with photographers but also with artists who make use of photography, as their only medium or among other media, like Thomas Ruff and Francesca Woodman.
Our particular concentration, during a certain period, on Japanese photography is reflected by the works of Toshio Shibata, Sakiko Nomura, Kazuko Wakayama and Hiroto Fujimoto.
From the intense workshop activities, we have chosen pieces by Marco Signorini, Fabio Casati and Marco Baroncelli, with whom we have actively worked and discussed projects at some length.
Filippo Maggia, Carmelo Nicosia and Paolo Bernabini took part, in 1997, in the exhibition “l’invito non è strettamente personale”, where the necessity of getting out of the gallery, out of delegated art spaces, became clear for the first time. This necessity then met with a concrete response in the project “Spread in Prato” curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi; among the artists who participated in that project, the present show includes works by Shao Yinong & Muchen, Shimabuku, Connie Dekker, Gea Casolaro, Zheng Guogu.
The works by Giovanni Ozzola and Robert Pettena, on the other hand, reference “Pretesti”, the publishing and exhibition project curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, an interesting experience of encounter between public and private patronage.
The exhibition also includes works by artists with whom we have shared projects and reflections: Natalie Magnan, Margot Pilz, Margherita Verdi, Rita Linz, Tancredi Mangano, Michael Schmidt, Stefania Balestri, Andreoni & Fortugno, Nobuyoshi Araki, Renate Aller, Alessandro Mencarelli, Mariette Schiltz, Stefano Boccalini, Paola Di Bello.The exhibition will be completed on the closing evening, Friday 16 June, when we will have a chance to greet all the friends who want to share this experience with us, and meet again in September in our new facility at Via delle Segherie 33°, Prato, Italy.

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Dryphoto arte contemporanea is moving to via delle Segherie 33/a, 59100 Prato tel. +39 0574603186

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