Domenico Bianchi, Nunzio: 11 September – 9 October 2021

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition with new works by two Italian artists Domenico Bianchi (*1955) and Nunzio (*1954). The exhibition opens Saturday September 11 and will run until October 9, 2021.

Domenico Bianchi is known for his paintings made with his own developed technique of mixing wax and oil paint, sometimes combined with Palladium leaf. His images with a perpetuum mobile motive derive from computer program stills. Bianchi, born in 1955, lives and works in Rome. He studied at Fine Art Academy in Rome. His career started in 1977 with his first solo show at Ugo Ferranti in New York. In the eighties he became known as one of the emerging artistst of the so-called La Nuova Scuola Romana and exhibited his work alongside Arte Povera artistst such as Kounellis and Mario Merz. He had his first show in the Netherlands at Riekje Swart in 1980. Several European museum made solo shows of his work, such as at the Stedelijk Museum in 1994, and at MACRO in Rome in 2003. He participated in several Venice Bienials, in1993 as a solo artist. Since 1998 he shows regularly at Christian Stein in Milan. Slewe Gallery shows his work since 2009.

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Karel Appel, Horizon of Tuscany: 24 April – 27 June 2021

This year it is 100 years since the birth of the most famous post-war Dutch artist, Karel Appel (1921–2006). To mark this occasion, Slewe Gallery is pleased to host Horizon of Tuscany, an exhibition of work by Appel. This will open during the weekend of his birthday, April 25, and the works will remain on view until June 27, 2021. The exhibition has been arranged by Rudi Fuchs, the former director of the Stedelijk Museum and a close friend of Karel Appel, and organised in collaboration with the Karel Appel Foundation. It will be accompanied by a catalogue, designed by Rutger Fuchs. Also, you can listen to a conversation between Harriet Appel-de Visser, Appel's widow, and Robert van Altena on this exhibition here.

The exhibition will show a selection of five paintings from Appel’s Horizon of Tuscany series from 1995, when the artist was 74 years old. The works all have an elongated format, measuring 115 x 300 cm, and are in the artist’s late style. In the nineties, Appel, known for his baroque expressionist painted figures and nudes, concentrated on the landscape as a subject. This was a motif he had not previously explored in such depth. Living in Tuscany at the time, he started to paint a number of landscapes ‘after nature’, featuring the hills and cypresses around the house. The motifs of trees and hills are absorbed into an all-over pattern of rhythmically applied brushstrokes. A waving, pulsating surface arises, like a colourful tapestry. In addition to these paintings, some works on paper based on the same theme and from the same period will be on display.

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