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Ezio Gribaudo: A Lifetime in Art

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Italian Cultural & Community Center

1101 Milford St

Houston, TX 77006

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Join us at the ICCC for a special presentation on the contemporary Italian artist Ezio Gribaudo, a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, whose award winning production has been recognized with various international prizes, among which the IX Rome Quadriennale (1965), the XXXIII Venice Biennale Prize for graphic arts (1966), and the São Paulo Biennale (1967).

"Ezio Gribaudo: A Lifetime in Art" will be presented by Professor Victoria Surliuga of Texas Tech University. Presentation will be followed by a screening of the documentary "The White Magic of Ezio Gribaudo", directed by Marco Agostinelli and Andrea Liuzza.

Copies of Surliuga's books will be available for purchase at the event.


About Ezio Gribaudo:

Gribaudo's experimentations with materials and print bring to light archeological remnants in the context of intense chromatic studies. A specific line of his work is called “logogrifi” (a term of Greek origins evoking fishnets and objects that are caught in a specific moment in time). They can be understood as a verbal commentary that incorporates ancient texts, maps, and artifacts within the painting’s visual space. These works are based on the engraving of white surfaces, resulting in dazzling white on white compositions that frame memories of daily objects in visual renderings reminiscent of Duchamp’s readymades. Giorgio de Chirico pointed out that Gribaudo’s work has elevated the use of white to a whole new conceptual level. Gribaudo has also perfected the use of paper as a philosophical concept whereby incisions and collages map the archeology of human and animal experience. His use of a manual press renews the function of an old and noble instrument, now incorporated with craft and ability in the artist’s daily practice. In his art, he has introduced innovative ideas, such as the use of tools from the typographical industry and the elaboration of literary texts, for instance Ludovico Ariosto’s and Carlo Collodi’s. As an art publisher, Gribaudo has worked with Francis Bacon, Marcel Duchamp, Peggy Guggenheim, and Joan Miró, just to mention a few. Gribaudo’s work can be found in the permanent collections of many museums around the world, such as the MoMA in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. www.eziogribaudo.com

About Victoria Surliuga:

Victoria Surliuga is Associate Professor of Italian at Texas Tech University. She was awarded The 1905 Fellowship from the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association for her research on Peggy Guggenheim and art patronage, and a CH Foundation grant to curate the exhibition “Ezio Gribaudo’s Theaters of Memory” at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, Texas, in 2016. She has also curated the exhibition “Ezio Gribaudo: A Lifetime in Art” at the Texas Tech University Library (2018). Her publications include “Ezio Gribaudo: Enchanted Archeology” (2018), “Ezio Gribaudo’s Landscapes” (2018), “Ezio Gribaudo: My Pinocchio” (2017), and “Ezio Gribaudo: A Man in the Middle of Modernism” (2016), for which she was awarded the Texas Tech University First Place President’s Faculty Book Award for 2017-2018. www.victoriasurliuga.com

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