Xerjoff Magazine

America in Florence


Through 80 works by 53 artists, the exhibition “American Art 1961-2001” in progress at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence offers a charming picture of the rich and varied US artistic production that includes Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Pictures Generation.

American modern art lands in Florence with a great exhibition in progress until August 29th at Palazzo Strozzi (Piazza degli Strozzi). The exhibition “American Art 1961-2001” organised in partnership with Walker Art Center in Minneapolis displays 80 works, some of which exhibited for the first time in Italy, by 53 artists like Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Louise Nevelson, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Bruce Nauman, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney, and Kara Walker. Within the exhibition great importance is given to some key figures of the period examined. These certainly include Andy Warhol, of which 12 works are exhibited including the famous “Sixteen Jackies” (1964), dedicated to Jackie Kennedy after the death of JFK. The Sixties are also shown in the works of masters such as Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, and John Baldessari: figures who will become points of reference for the following generations of artists.

Among these are Cindy Sherman, known for her reflection on the female figure, Richard Prince and Barbara Kruger whose work draws from the advertising world, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, denouncing the stigma of AIDS through his works and Matthew Barney, whose Cremaster 2 installation (1999), presented in an unprecedented way in Italy, is an unsettling posthuman narration. Great attention is also given to the most recent research of 1990’s and 2000’s, including outstanding key figures for the African-American community like Kerry James Marshall and Kara Walker, of which a wide selection of videos and drawings is proposed. Curated by Vincenzo de Bellis and Arturo Galansino, the exhibition has the merit of highlighting the breadth of the American artistic production. From Pop Art to Minimalism, from Conceptual Art to Pictures Generation up to the most recent research of 1990’s and 2000’s, between painting, photography, video art, sculpture and installations.

Above: Roy Lichtenstein, Artist’s Studio No. 1 (Look Mickey), 1973