Giacomo Spazio: subterranean modern – from punk to urban art

50 Italian artists. 30 years of underground culture. 3 generations in comparison. From 23.11.12 till 15.12.12, VIA TORTONA 32 – MILANO


At this very moment of our history I don’t think there is actually nobody able to claim with certainty what art is or what it could be, and yet which direction is taking. The only thing we know for sure is that in this new millennium, art is assuming any kind of shape but from now on it will never be an exclusive privilege of few elite people.” – said Giacomo Spazio.

Subterranean Modern – from Punk to Urban Art – is the first attempt to show a cultural and aesthetic path of the Italian art through a thirty year lapse of time. 50 artists, including painters, sculptors, illustrators, offer a vision of Italian cultural and aesthetic through a long period of time 30 years.

The artists called for the show, are strongly related to pop culture, and, at the same time, they got a lively interest in both national and international subcultures, a flamboyant D.I.Y. approach (Do It Yourself), and a stylistic genius, sometimes classic, sometimes deviant or provocative. Many of them have done, do and will keep on doing some illegal acts, gestures of endless beauty. Their work is clearly influenced by comics, spray paint, science fiction, architecture, anime art, cartoons and of course by music, could it be punk, reggae, new wave, jazz or hip hop…

These cool guys share the rejection for any kind of compromise or shortcut in the name of success. All of them have developed their own independent ideas apart from fashion trends and marketing rules so causing a gap with the officially recognized art circuit which too many times does not even consider their potential as artists ignoring the fact that they attract more and more people between admirers and collectors to the exhibitions.

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