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27 Must-See Artworks at Artissima 2019

Alex Katz, Vivien, 2016. Courtesy Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano, Zuoz and Lugano


By PAUL LASTER, October 2019

The only fair in Italy exclusively devoted to contemporary art, Artissima returns to the Oval in Torino for its 26th edition with 208 galleries from 43 countries from October 31 to November 3, 2019. Directed by curator and art historian Ilaria Bonacossa, who received an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College and worked as research assistant for the 2003 Whitney Biennial and curator at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo until 2012, when she became the artistic director of the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce in Genova, the fair is celebrated for championing pioneering practices and launching up-and-coming artists and galleries. 

With a theme exploring the duality of desire and censorship, this year’s fair includes seven sections: The Main Section, offering a selection of the representative galleries on the international scene; New Entries, which features emerging international players; Dialogue, which focuses on the works of two artists shown in close dialogue with each other; Art Spaces & Editions, highlighting galleries, project spaces and non-profit initiatives; and three sections curated by teams of international curators—Present Future, showcasing emerging talent;  Back to the Future, focusing on the rediscovery of pioneers of contemporary art; and Disegni, featuring all forms of contemporary drawing.           

We’re previewing 27 of our favorite artworks that will be on view at Artissima this week—with pieces ranging from Bruno Munari’s dynamic drawings from the 1930s and ‘40s at Galleria Maurizio Corraini Arte Contemporanea and Ugo Mulas’ photographic studio shots of Lucio Fontana painting in the 1960s at Lia Rumma to Lynda Benglis’ marvelous marble sculptures of twisted forms at Thomas Brambilla and Jesse Mockrin’s recent realistic paintings, which riff on European classical canvases, at Night Gallery.

Scroll through the images below to find more of our must-see picks. WM


Bruno Munari, Senza titolo (periodo futurista), 1930. Courtesy Galleria Maurizio Corraini Arte Contemporanea, Mantova


Carla Accardi, Onde blu, 2008. Courtesy Massimo Minini, Brescia


Hans Schabus, August Self, 2017. Courtesy Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris


William Kentridge, The Death of Pier Paolo Pasolini, 2014. Courtesy Lia Rumma, Milano and Napoli


Osamu Kobayashi, Touch, 2019. Courtesy A+B, Brescia


Felix Schramm, Multilayer 295, 2019. Courtesy Ribot, Milano


Lucia Tallová, Second Archive, 2017. Courtesy SODA gallery, Bratislava


Michelangelo Pistoletto, Smartphone giovane donna 6 movimenti B, 2019. Courtesy Giorgio Persano, Torino


Georges Rousse, Kochi, 2018. Courtesy Photo&Contemporary, Torino


Luca Bertolo, Adieu, 2019. Courtesy SpazioA, Pistoia


Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, Bonendale nke abo, 2015. Courtesy Primo Marella Gallery, Milano and Lugano


Shadi Ghadirian, Qajar #19, 1998. Podbielski Contemporary, Milano


Gianni Politi, La Pancia del Serpente, 2018/19. Courtesy Lorcan O'Neill, Roma


Giuseppe Penone, Trattenere 6, 8, 12 anni di crescita (Continuerà a crescere tranne che in quel punto), 2004-2016. Courtesy Tucci Russo Studio per l'Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice and Torino


Yuli Yamagata, Untitled (mouths), 2019. Courtesy Madragoa, Lisbon


Ugo Mulas, Lucio Fontana, Milano, 1964. Courtesy Lia Rumma, Milano and Napoli


Lynda Benglis, Untitled III, 2018. Courtesy Thomas Brambilla, Bergamo


Hoda Tawakol, Nude #5, 2019. Courtesy Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Dubai


Jesse Mockrin, Dream on evil, 2019. Courtesy Night Gallery, Los Angeles


Timo Nasseri, Glance #8, 2013. Courtesy Ab/Anbar, Tehran


Jonathan Monk, Salvo Magazine Painting, 2019. Courtesy Noire Gallery, Torino


Naiza Khan, Assemblage I, 2019. Courtesy Rossi & Rossi, London and Hong Kong


Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, I learnt all the words and broke them up, To make a single word: Homeland…..,, 2017– 19. Courtesy Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Dubai


Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Los Caminos de Ellegua, 2017. Courtesy Galeria Senda, Barcelona


Sara VanDerBeek, Roman Woman XV, 2019. Courtesy Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco


William Wegman, Rearranged Countries, 1990. Courtesy Florence Loewy, Paris 


Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.



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