Born in 1940, Italian painter and sculptor Ettore Spalletti, began his career when Arte Povera was revolutionising visual culture in Italy and beyond. The beauty of Spalletti's work lies in its deceiving simplicity. Behind his paintings and sculptures is a sensitivity to colour and a play with geometry.

His works have been widely exhibited in Europe and the world, at the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (1991), the Guggenheim in New York (2004) and at the Documenta in Kassel (1982 and 1992) as well as at the Venice Biennale, where he represented Italy in 1982, 1993, 1995 and 1997.

Ettore Spalletti Image: Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong Ettore Spalletti
Image: Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong

Blu, carta, 1974-2016 / Carta, grigio azzurrato, 1974-2016 / Carta, eco, 1974-2016 / Rosa, carta, 1974-2016 / Celeste, carta, 1974-2016 Image: Barnebys Blu, carta, 1974-2016 / Carta, grigio azzurrato, 1974-2016 / Carta, eco, 1974-2016 / Rosa, carta, 1974-2016 / Celeste, carta, 1974-2016
Image: Barnebys

Spalletti's use of pastel colours and simple geometric shapes such as circles, squares and pentagons floats between the realms of painting and sculpture.

Thanks to the outstanding architecture of the Marian Goodman Gallery, the paintings and sculptures accompany each other in an outstanding aesthetic. Depending on their placement within the space and the lighting, each of the works takes on a life of its own.

Ettore Spalletti ingenuity in his works his unrivalled. Tiny details are the key to the success of his minimalist pieces, like an edge of gold cut into the canvas, or a white pencil placed behind a work.

Azzuro, 2015 Image: Barnebys Azzuro, 2015
Image: Barnebys

Lago, 2016 Image: Barnebys Lago, 2016
Image: Barnebys

A monumental azure blue canvas placed horizontally in the smaller upstairs room, is perhaps the highlight of the exhibition. The endless horizon, sea-like display, makes the viewer stop in amazement. A large white egg is balanced on the surface, an awe-inspiring work

Inspired by the landscapes of the province of Pescara where he still works, his polished surfaces and choice of colour provide a sense of calm and peace.

Every dawn, is first / Ogni alba, è la prima is at Marian Goodman, London, until 4th June, 2016. For more information, see here.

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