GEDI SIBONYANOTHER WORD FOR LIFE
07.06.2023 — 06.07.2023MILAN
Carl Kostyál is delighted to announce an exhibition of works by American conceptual artist Gedi Sibony at the Kostyál home in Milan.
Conceived specifically in response to the architectural context and history of the piano nobile of the 19th century palazzo which was re-modelled with sculptural imagination in the early 1960s by the famed Milanese architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Sibony’s constructions and found and object relationships draw subtle and poetic connections with the essence of the place. The ghost of Giorgio Morandi is ever present in the deliberate washy transformation of paint into compositions of groups of non-specific shapes that occupy the picture plane, or which are cut out of it entirely. Stacked frames, shapes and shelves nod to Minimalism in their pared-down aesthetic and in his conception of sculpture as a series of self-contained conceptual objects which delineate empty space as a comparable field by which to measure the sculpture’s existence, but his use of deliberately impoverished materials, more usually associated with debris and construction, owes more to the experimental approach of Arte Povera and those artists’ notion of the mystical nature of natural materials.
Gedi Sibony lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Greene Naftali, New York (2023, 2020, 2018), and Mister Fahrenheit, New York (2022); solo institutional presentations include The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin (2014); Culturgest, Lisbon (2011); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2009); and In the Still Epiphany, a curatorial project at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis (2012).
Sibony’s work is in the collections of the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Dallas Museum of Art; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Saint Louis Art Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.