For Artissima 2016 Richard Saltoun will participate with two solo presentations of Austrian female artists: in Back to the Future the gallery will present the historic work of artist Renate Bertlmann (b. 1943, Vienna, Austria, lives in Vienna, Austria), and in the Main Section, the work of Greta Schödl (b. 1929, Hollabrunn, Austria, lives in Bologna, Italy).
Renate Bertlmann is a leading feminist artist active since the 70s in Vienna. Renate Bertlmann's work focuses on representations of sex, love, and relationships, with her body often serving as the artistic medium. She transforms herself according to stereotypes of femininity and masculinity: the pregnant woman, the model, the masturbating man - making visible identity constructs. Included in Bertlmann's Back to the Future exhibition will be historical photographs, performance videos, and a latex installation, Uravagina, exhibited for the first time in Italy since its first showing at Galleria Tommaseo (Trieste) in 1976. She was included in the radical feminist exhibition MAGNA. Feminismus (Vienna, 1975), curated by VALIE EXPORT. Forthcoming exhibitions: The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s, curated by Gabriele Schör, The Photographer's Gallery, London (October 2016 - January 2017).
Greta Schödl, born in Austria in 1929, is one of the most significant artists working in the field of visual poetry in Italy in the 60s, 70s and 80s, yet her work is virtually unknown to the mainstream public. Schödl graduated from the Academy of Arts in Vienna, Austria, in 1953 and had an immediate burst of intense artistic activity until her pregnancy (and subsequent children) interrupted her work. She moved to Bologna, and for over seven years she stopped making works. On return to her artistic practice she focused on reproducing text (characters and symbols) in regular and repetitive patterns. The base-support materials in her works reference the meaning of these symbols and characters: golden symbols are superimposed onto paper and canvas, old books, ironing boards, textiles, letters, mannequins, and bed sheets.
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Stand Grey 4 / Red 5
Oval - Lingotto Fiere
10126 Turin, Italy
Thursday 3 November (Preview + Vernissage, invite only) 12noon - 8:30pm
Friday 4 - Sunday 6 November 12noon - 8pm
More info about the art fair http://www.artissima.it