Frieze Masters: Virgin. Muse. Heroine.London
Gli Occhiali (The Glasses), 1968
With frame: 149 x 105.5 cm (58 5/8 x 41 1/2 in.)
ProvenanceCollection Archivio Goffredo Parise - Giosetta Fioroni
LiteratureM. Meneguzzo, P. Mascitti and E. Bottazzi, Giosetta Fioroni. Roma anni '60, exh. cat. Museo Marca, Catanzaro, 2016, pp. 270–71.
ExhibitionsCatanzaro, Museo Marca, Giosetta Fioroni. Roma anni '60, 4 June–31 August 2016.
In a solo exhibition with Umberto Bignardi, held at the Tartaruga in 1961, Fioroni began to exhibit paintings made using industrial aluminium lacquered paint, bearing signs, lettering and symbols as she gradually moved away from abstraction towards figuration. From 1963 Fioroni worked with photographs projected onto canvas and in 1967 at the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan she exhibited a series of female portraits and other iconic figures drawn from the history of art using white backgrounds. Gli Occhiali (The Glasses) is a characteristic work of this period, and exemplifies her work with fashion models, which she rendered in graphite pencil on a white surface with an iconic detachment reminiscent of American Pop Art of the period. After 1969 Fioroni turned to the investigation of the world of fable and legend: paintings, boxes and miniature theatres open to a world of personal and collective memory. The 1980s were characterised by collaborations with writers and poets and then in 1990 the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome organised an anthology show of her works on paper. At the Venice Biennale of 1993 Fioroni enjoyed a solo presentation; in the same year she began working with ceramics.
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