Cardi gallery specializes in Italian modern and postwar contemporary art. In April 1972, Renato Cardi founded the gallery to pursue his passion for promoting and collecting contemporary Italian artists. Today we continue to use the gallery as a platform to shape the arts and culture landscape in Milan and throughout Italy. Cardi gallery has cultivated and helped build the careers of many Italian artists. In the early 1970s, Renato Cardi began collecting the work of underrecognized artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Michelangelo Pistoletto and started to build a distinguished collection of works from the Arte Povera movement. Through the support of these artists and by presenting their work at Galleria Cardi, both the gallery and Renato gained a reputation for being a critical steward and launching some of their careers. The gallery has been active for more than 35 years. Each year Cardi gallery produces at least four exhibitions and participates in several international art fairs. The seasonal shows and involvement in art fairs highlight the gallery’s comprehensive holdings of Italian modern and postwar contemporary works from the artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Enrico Castellani, Luciano Fabro, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Cardi gallery’s expertise in Italian modern, postwar contemporary art, and more specifically Arte Povera, has helped shape significant private European and American collections. The gallery regularly lends from its robust holdings to major museums around the world.
CYDONIA is a contemporary art gallery. Our programming is committed to co-operating with artists whose practices reflect conceptual research. We approach art as a cultural good related to reciprocity, praxis, and discourse.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
CYDONIA opened in September 2014 with a curated exhibition and catalogue entitled Ex-Y: Representations of Contemporary Masculinity, featuring 9 different artists who explored masculinity after all three waves of feminism. CYDONIA is a pioneer, as it was the chief gallery in entire North Texas region to have internationally-focused programming, introducing the contemporary, primary market to the metropolitan area.
In 2016, CYDONIA announced a beautiful, historically- sensitive achievement: an all-female exhibition line-up in its physical space. The 2016-17 Exhibition Year is exclusively focused on female artists; all of whom were selected entirely on merit, indirectly creating a (non)political statement about the equality our predecessors dreamed of.
EXHIBITION FOR NEW PROPSAL
CYDONIA will feature a curated exhibition with two female artists, hailing from Poland and Canada. In Another Chance to Do Right: Emerging Aesthetics Featuring Repetition, Pattern and Rhythm, Alicja Bielawska and Caroline Mousseau demonstrate new ways in which serial forms and process have evolved beyond Minimalism’s expansion of the ‘unique original’ work. The booth will be a visually exciting and diverse constellation of drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Freud declared the act of repetition a human compulsion. Why do we repeat the past? More interestingly, why do we repeat mistakes? Organized specifically for Zona Maco, Another Chance to Do Right tests Freud’s famous declaration. Such acts are driven by our “desire to return to an earlier state of things.”
Warsaw-based Alicja Bielawska states she not believe in mistakes; mistakes delineate her practice from that of industrial design and mass production techniques which influenced art of the 1960’s. Her drawings, collages, and sculptures insist on a collective memory. The past is not a constraint. The past can function as common ground to connect with the viewer. If we can find common ground, we can negotiate shared possibilities. Our origins can be the same so we can share new ideas. Intuitive drawings made with colored pencils provide a mental architecture and share a basis for her sculptures: colorful, ribbon-wrapped shaped metal rod forms or metal constructions formed for customized textiles made to define its space. Bielawska’s works bridge-build the conceptual gap from the second to the third dimension. For her, sculpture begins with height and width. Depth is a natural extension, uniquely tied to drawing.
As a single act is repeated, it creates a pattern. Patterns enable one to experience a sensory vibration, a type of rhythm, becoming ingrained within an individual, subjective universe. Canadian painter Caroline Mousseau’s disciplined practice produces an aesthetic functioning as an impasse between painting genres. Some works appear as abstraction; others look post-minimalist, and some appear to be modernist in inspiration, with obvious geometric design. Mousseau’s different methodologies create beautiful, lyrical, textured, optical surfaces; her dried, paste-y, oil paints physically and visually yearn for her viewer.
When we return to the beginning, the sense of possibility is most intense. In the exhibition, mistakes are reframed. Simple gestures, repeated, accumulated value. We can understand mistakes as another opportunity to pioneer the future in a manner that these different artists do: mistakes are another chance to do right. The show feels fun, filled with color, and packed with visual stimulation and thoughtful investigation.
YAM Gallery focuses on contemporary art representing established and up-and-coming artists from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Canada and France. YAM Gallery organizes solo-shows and collective exhibitions in its installations of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The gallery also participates in international art fairs and offers a program of residencies for foreign artists.
PROYECTOSMONCLOVA was established in 2005 in Mexico City as an experimental platform for emerging artists. Expanding and consolidating its program over the years the gallery has evolved into one of the most important forums for contemporary art in Mexico, emphasising on the dialogue between local and international artists from different generations, such as Eduardo Terrazas, Martin Soto Climent, Fred Sandback, Andreas Slominski, Tercerunquinto among others.
In 2012 the gallery moved to a newly designed location in Colonia Roma, which offers 2 exhibition spaces and a fully equipped video room for large-scale cinematographic projections thus offering their artists architectonic diversity and a platform of various formats. PROYECTOSMONCLOVA stages 6 to 10 exhibitions per year as well as a public program with talks, screenings and performances to enrich its discursive potential. The gallery also publishes books on a regular basis.