until 26.10. | #2575ARTatBerlin | Galerie ART CRU Berlin shows from 20 September 2019 an exhibition with artworks by the arist Maria Concetta Cassarà.
Galerie ART CRU Berlin shows pictures of the autodidact Maria Concetta Cassarà (born 1932, Mirto, Sicily), who died 2018 in Bologna.
The artist came to painting late. After a life as a housewife, she worked as a confectioner and tailor. When she was over sixty, one day she began to paint spontaneously while looking after her granddaughter. Since then she has been working on her paintings every day, every evening until late at night. Thematically, her works are deeply rooted in the traditions of Sicilian religiosity and folklore with Madonnas, saints and a colorful animal and plant world, but she imaginatively expands this cosmos with elements of contemporary life in the Po Valley.
We find female figures in evening wear with selected accessories, who pose frontally with the typical greeting gesture of the announcers at the beginning of the broadcast. According to Sara Ugolini, art historian, Cassarà was inspired by the television program, which is always shown while painting.
Male persons, on the other hand, correspond well with the rural topography depicted in the pictures: hills and valleys, plants, flowers and streams form a colourful, wild, lush, enchanted natural environment into which Cassarà also places groups of buildings. Many of the male figures seem to be shepherds, wandering creatures with long, shaggy hair and beards. In these figures, wrapped in hides, accompanied by lambs or goats, one is reminded of hermits, also of John the Baptist.
Some of the figures blur the boundaries between common gender roles, such as monks with bright red fingernails or bearded women. Cassara stages her pictures like religious objects that the viewer can admire.
Vernissage: Thursday, 19 September 2019, 7:00 pm, Introduction: Sara Ugolini, Art historian, Bologna / Speech: Dr. Wolfram Voigtländer, Vorstand PS-ARt e.V. Berlin
Exhibition period: Friday, 20 September – Saturday, 26 September 2019Zur Galerie ART CRU
Exhibitiion Maria Concetta Cassarà – Galerie ART CRU | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Ausstellungen Berlin Galerien | ART at Berlin