Another Country: London Painters in Dialogue with Modern Italian Art brings together the work of ten highly respected London-based artists. It will be on view at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 from 28 April to 20 June 2010.
The artists have formed a group based on friendship rather than any shared style or technique, and have shown together previously at a group show held in Italy in 2007 curated by Lino Mannocci. For this exhibition, each member of the group has opened a visual dialogue with a particular artist represented in the Estorick Collection or, in the case of Ida Barbarigo and Filippo de Pisis, closely connected to those represented.
The approaches taken by these artists to the project have been varied. Despite exhibiting together in Italy and the fact that two of the artists (Lino Mannocci and Arturo Di Stefano) are Italian by birth or parentage, the link between them and their chosen interlocutor is often understated. Each of the painters involved has written a text for the exhibition catalogue exploring their relationship with the twentieth-century Italian artist they have chosen; these links are explored further by Brendan Prendeville of Goldsmiths College, University of London, in his catalogue essay.
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