Explore the wide-ranging and dynamic work of Italian abstract painter, Giorgio Griffa, from the 1960s to the present day.
Arte Povera, the radical Italian art movement Griffa is closely associated with, began in the late 1960s, revolutionising traditional painting techniques and materials. In Griffa’s work, the materials themselves inform each piece: the type or width of brush, the colour or dilution of paint, and the unprimed, unstretched canvases of linen, cotton, hemp or jute.
Often working horizontally on the floor with rhythmic, formal gestures, he leaves lines and brushstrokes deliberately cut short, so a painting is never finished, always viewed as a moment in a process.
His idea of each artwork being a fragment of a wider practice, ‘a continuous becoming, from one canvas to the next’, is influenced by his fascination with quantum energy, time-space mathematics and the golden ratio. This exhibition incorporates works from the whole breadth of Griffa’s career.