Closely linked to the Arte Povera movement, Griffa became known in the 1960s as part of an generation of Italian artists calling for a radical redefinition of painting. His minimalist approach reduces painting to its essential elements: canvas, colour and brushstrokes. Believing in the ‘intelligence of painting’, and creating with ‘passive concentration’, he allows the instruments to lead as the work’s protagonists – the type or width of brush or sponge, the colour of the paint, the nature and material of the canvas. Griffa’s rhythmic, formal gestures soak into the unprimed, unstretched material, reflecting on painting as a performative, time-based process; never a finished or complete object, but a process viewed in the moment. This will be the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK. Find out more about the Giorgio Griffa exhibition from the Camden Art Centre’s website.
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