Vincenzo Agnetti: Territories

vincenzo agnetti territories Levy Gorvy

The first exhibition in London of Vincenzo Agnetti, one of the most significant and influential Italian conceptualists of the twentieth century. The exhibition focuses on three bodies of work from the artist’s diverse oeuvre—Axioms, Feltri (Felts), and Macchina Drogata (Drugged Machine)—which are key nodes of a sprawling practice that engaged the supple pliability of language with intensity and humor. Agnetti approached language as both content and material, depicting linguistic propositions and language-based abstractions with a signature esoteric streak. Seen as a whole, the artist’s work shed light on new possibilities for art’s engagement with philosophy and knowledge production: rather than illustrating theories and ideas, Agnetti sought to fully integrate idea and form.

As an artist and writer, Agnetti was an active participant in various Italian scenes from the 1950s through the 1970s. A friend and collaborator of Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni, Agnetti contributed criticism to the avant-garde journal Azimuth, which was dedicated to conceptual and formal developments of advanced artistic production.  Agnetti’s own work traversed a wide formal range, but always with a rigor matched only by his curiosity. For Agnetti, the artist’s subjectivity was inextricably bound up with the artist’s output. Thus, in examining the depth and progression of Agnetti’s movement through various styles, this exhibition begins to map the intellectual progression of his artistic consciousness.

Duration 31 March 2017 - 13 May 2017
Times Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM Monday by appointment
Cost Free
Venue Levy Gorvy Dayan
Address Empress Club, 35 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NQ
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