Traversing the most recent modernist narratives—namely Minimal and Conceptual art—Rosemarie Castoro’s work tirelessly explores the things that elude the latters’ grasp: the context of enunciation, of course, but also the psychological and social implications of the body as a physical instrument. She explores the potential of abstract and monochrome painting, then expands their sphere and modes of operation, in formal terms, to incorporate the body, and even the exhibition space—a conceptual extension, both diagrammatic and linguistic. In so doing, Castoro applies a hitherto structuralist, reductionist language to poetry, and distorts elementary forms by her haptic, integrated, sexualized treatment. As an erstwhile participant in the reflections of the Art Workers’ Coalition, she approached the modernist heritage from a social and political perspective.
From 1965 to 2015, Rosemarie Castoro developed a body of work in which “contingency” may be seen as a connecting thread, signifying a determination to free herself from the rhetoric of the masculine values of permanence and the absolute. Organised into chapters, the exhibition offers a retrospective journey through the practice of an artist who favored transgression and metamorphosis over orthodoxy and linear progression.
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