alfonso artiaco
alfonso artiaco
founded in 1986

carlo alfano
22.11.2014 - 10.01.2015

Alfonso Artiaco gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the exhibition dedicated to the memory of Carlo Alfano on Saturday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm.

Alfonso Artiaco gallery honours Carlo Alfano (Napoli, 1932-1990), with the exhibition of the unreleased painting Figura, 1987-1988.

Carlo Alfano is an artist of doubt, of question, of cross-references to a hazily-defined something else, because “a concluded sign is a certainty, and I don’t know what I’m supposed to narrate to me or to others”.
From the late ‘50s, Alfano begins his pictorial discourse, which will come to be a “suggestions and concepts prehistory that will re-emerge, in other shapes and forms, in all his further works” (Flavia Alfano).
Since the early ‘60s Alfano’s experimentation faces a reinterpretation of the classical perspective, to organize the space through the circularity of time. The main results of this investigation, in its most analytical display, are the Frammenti di un autoritratto anonimo series, whereon he worked continuously between 1969 and 1990, and that intend to recreate, through the transposition of fragments of sounds and pauses (like in a music score), the temporal form of the artist’s existence rather than the spatial one.
We find again this commixture of sounds, images and statements in Alfano’s Stanza per Voci and Archivio delle Nominazioni series: conceptual studies aimed at achieving a space/time continuity based upon a complex turnover between audiovisual materials, described in details and then composed with a balanced rhythm.
Conditioned by Foucault, and his concept of a “fractured” reality, the artist dedicates himself, around the late 80s, to the Figure series, from which the piece here exhibited: Figura, 1987/1988, coeval to the work Camera N.1, in the permanent section of Museo di Capodimonte. Through the scission depicted on canvas, Alfano tells us about a philosophy of discontinuity, of reflection, in which fractured figures may be re-combined only by our mind. Painting emerges cracked from darkness, from that black memoir of the Caravaggio lesson, only broken by a glimmer of the neon light. Painting itself can be this way untied from the dictatorship of representation, to suggest pure mental category: duration, intensity, dept, silence.

Carlo Alfano was born in Naples, in 1932. He distinguished himself for a continuous and rigorous artistic research and a restless and original style not comparable to any artistic movement from the XX century. Aside from the many solo exhibitions at Galleria Lucio Amelio in Naples, he took part in the most important group shows of the time, raising wide critic debates.
Between 1980 and 1990 Alfano’s work emphasized his intimate and existentialist tones with piece of deep lyricism, such as Luce Grigio, exhibited in 1982, at XL Biennale di Venezia.
Carlo Alfano passed away in 1990, and in April, 2001 a great retrospective with 70 of his works has been dedicated to him in the halls of Castel dell’Ovo.
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