On March 3, 2016, the Center for Italian Modern Art welcomed Tacita Dean on the occasion of the launch of her new publication Buon Fresco, related to her eponymous film from 2014 — in which the artist filmed details of Giotto’s frescos in the Upper Basilica in Assisi using a macro lens, in order, she said, to have the perspective of the artist himself. Frescoes are meant to be seen from a distance, so this book provides a revelatory view of the minutiae and sophistication of Giotto’s brushstrokes, which appears to anticipate the future canon of mark making in Western painting.
Dean was in conversation with New Museum Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni. The discussion ranged over Dean’s Buon Fresco publication and film, her current exhibition "...my English breath in foreign clouds" at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York, and the two films she made in 2009 in Giorgio Morandi’s studio in Bologna. Commissioned and produced by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, where Gioni is artistic director, Tacita Dean’s Still Life (2009) and Day for Night (2009) were made in Morandi’s studio on Via Fondazza in Bologna, where the artist lived and worked for 50 years. Photographs related to the 16mm black and white film Still Life are on view at CIMA as part of CIMA's third season, devoted to Giorgio Morandi (October 9, 2015 - June 25, 2016).
With the help and support of the Marian Goodman Gallery, Tacita Dean's film Day for Night was screened during the evening as part of the talk, but is not included in this video.
Tacita Dean is a British visual artist born in 1965 in Canterbury, UK. She lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles, where she was recently the Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute (2014/2015). Dean has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Sixth Benesse Prize at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009. Her work was recently presented at the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2015); TIFF Bell Light Box, Toronto (2015); the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2013); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2013); the Botín Foundation, Santander (2013); Documenta (13), Kassel (2012); the New Museum, New York (2012); the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London (2011) and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (2011).
The Center for Italian Modern Art is a 501c3 nonprofit research and exhibition center founded in 2013 to promote new scholarship and dialogue around 20th-century italian art. Each year we organize one exhibition (Oct - June) highlighting works by modern masters often little known or rarely exhibited in the US; host a number of art history fellows in residence; and put together a variety of public programming. The Giorgio Morandi exhibition (October 9, 2015 - June 25, 2016) is CIMA's third, after season's devoted to Fortunato Depero and Medardo Rosso. Featuring circa 40 paintings, etchings, and drawings, it focuses on the artist’s rarely seen works from the 1930s—the decade when Morandi reached full artistic maturity and developed his distinctive pictorial language. CIMA’s show draws from major international public and private collections, including those of the MART Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto; the MAMBo, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna; the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice; and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. It also includes a selection of contemporary works inspired by Giorgio Morandi’s practice by artists Tacita Dean,Wolfgang Laib, Joel Meyerowitz, and Matthias Schaller.
CIMA is open for visits Fridays and Saturdays at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Advance booking is recommended via our website: italianmodernart.org.