Be-hold, in Yonkers NY, is presenting an exhibit of unique vintage photographs by the Italian photographer Paolo Gioli, opening on September 23.
Gioli's innovative photographic work, that parallels his films, is quite well known in Europe. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, the Houston Fine Arts Museum, and the George Eastman House.
European institutions include the Centre Pompidou, the Société Française de la Photographie, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Musée Etiene-Jules Marey in Beaune, the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône, the Rome Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, and Milan's Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea. His photographs were exhibited in the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2015.
Gioli has had numerous gallery shows in Europe, but much less in the U.S. For this exhibit Larry Gottheim of Be-hold has selected photographs from Gioli's "Historical Series." These are subtle, complex works, mostly from the 1980s, that pay homage to some of the great photographers of the past, such as Niépce, Cameron, Eakins and Marey. They involve complex procedures including a method of transferring a Polaroid image onto other materials such as silk that Gioli developed. Each work is unique. They have elements of photo-collage, but contain other elements as well. The titles are witty but the works have serious implications representing an avant-garde tribute and response to the work of these early photographers.
Sandra Petrillo, a photography conservator from Rome, who has worked with Gioli, will be present at the opening to discuss the processes. Two of the photographs will be kept unframed so that they can be closely examined.
For those interested, some of his films will be able to be screened from the three-dvd edition of his film works.
The opening reception will take place at 66 Main Street Apartment 1013 in Yonkers, NY, on Saturday, September 23, from 5 pm to 8 pm. The Gallery will open at 2 pm. This is two blocks from the Yonkers station on the Hudson River Line of Metro North, only a half hour from Grand Central Station. The exhibition will continue through October 14th, by appointment.