Salvatore Emblema
Transparency: Color and Light
September 9 - October 18, 2014
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 2014 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Salvatore Emblema

Salvatore Emblema was concerned with color and light in painting and their mutual interaction with the painting support and impact on the viewer. To achieve that experience, he used pure color and reductive compositions. But just as important was the physicality and materiality of the paintings, resulting from his preference for using sackcloth and raw jute with a very open weave for his supports and raw pigment, soil and ash as his medium. Whether the pigment was applied as a stain to the jute or thick and impasto, the open woven structure of the supports allowed light to pass through the pigment and support and bounce back, illuminating the paintings from behind. Later, he started removing threads of jute to further open the support and allow more light to penetrate the painting.

His fascination with natural and earthy, non-conventional materials for art making partly stemmed from growing up on the slope of Vesuvius overlooking Pompeii. But, it also came from the influence of Jean DuBuffet in the early 1950s with his use of natural materials to create the well-known gritty and coarsely textured paintings. Emblema was also aware of Lucio Fontana and Alberto Burri, with both the materiality and literalness of their work and how they challenged painting and the conventional picture plane. Emblema met Mark Rothko while in New York on a Rockefeller grant in the mid-1950s. He was intrigued by Rothko’s interest in the metaphysical qualities of color and the idea of the viewer being enveloped by the painting through their unique perception and engagement with the canvas. This combination of early encounters and diverse influences culminated in Emblema’s decision to focus on the perception of transparency in painting as a lifelong endeavor, despite ever-changing and evolving art genre and fashionable trends in art.

Emblema had more than 57 solo exhibitions of his artwork since 1954 in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and the US and his work included in numerous group exhibitions. His artwork is included in many international private collections and in permanent collections of many museums around the world including Musei Vaticani, Roma (Italy), Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze (Italia), Metropolitan Museum, New York (U.S.), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (U.S.), Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam (NL), Ludwig Museum, Koblenz (DE), Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara (Italia), Università Normale, Pisa (Italia), Mac, Universidade de Sao Paulo do Brasil (BR), Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro (BR), Museo de la Secreteria de Hacienda y Credito Publico, Ciudad de Mexico (MEX) and Museo del 9cento Castel Sant’Elmo, Napoli (Italia).
 

Facia Rosa Salvatore Emblema
Facia Rosa
Tinted soil on burlap
1967-74
51.25 x 59 inches
 
Untitled 2172 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 2172
Tinted soil and stitches on burlap
2005
59 x 78.75 inches
 
Untitled 2137 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 2137
Tinted soil carbon ashes on burlap
1965
70 x 70.75 inches
 
Untitled 1933 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 1933
Tinted soil on de-threaded burlap
2004
59 x 51.25 inches
 
Untitled 1926 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 1926
Tinted soil on de-threaded burlap
2005
59 x 51.25 inches
 
Untitled 1683 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 1683
Tinted soil on de-threaded burlap
1978
39.25 x 35.5 inches
 
Untitled 1602 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 1602
Tinted soil on de-threaded burlap
1979
59 x 78.75 inches
 
Untitled 1588 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 1588
Volcanic soil on de-threaded burlap
2004
31.5 x 23.5 inches
 
Untitled 1387 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 1387
Volcanic soil and carbon on burlap
1984
39.25 x 31.5 inches
 
Untitled 1291 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 1291
Overlaid and de-threaded burlap
2004
39.25 x 31.5 inches
 
Untitled 1061 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 1061
Tinted de-threaded burlap
1996
31.5 x 23.5 inches
 
Untitled 0314 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 0314
Tinted soil on burlap
1985
70.75 x 78.75 inches
 
Untitled 0307 Salvatore Emblema
Untitled 0307
Tinted de-threaded burlap
1976
78.75 x 59 inches
 
Titolo_ Senza Titolo 1681 Salvatore Emblema
Titolo: Senza Titolo 1681
Overlaid and de-threaded burlap
1982
39.25 x 35.5 inches
 
Titolo_ Senza Titolo 1286 Salvatore Emblema
Titolo: Senza Titolo 1286
Overlaid and de-threaded burlap
2005
23.75 x 39.25 inches
 
Titolo_ Senza Titolo 1345 Salvatore Emblema
Titolo: Senza Titolo 1345
Overlaid and de-threaded burlap
1996
31.50 x 23.75 inches
 
Titolo_ Senza Titolo 1385 Salvatore Emblema
Titolo: Senza Titolo 1385
Overlaid and de-threaded burlap
1985
40.25 x 31.50 inches
 
Titolo_ Senza Titolo 1342 Salvatore Emblema
Titolo: Senza Titolo 1342
Overlaid and de-threaded burlap
1998
40.25 x 28.75 inches
 

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