Artista
Alessia Paladini Gallery

Lynn Saville, Lighted Window, New York City, 2018

Stampa digitale / Pigment print
Dimensioni / Size: Cm. 50 x 60
Edizione / Edition: Edition of 15
Courtesy: Alessia Paladini Gallery

Dark Cities. Urban America at Night.
Dark City' è un approfondimento del paesaggio urbano al tramonto e all'alba, con una nuova attenzione per gli effetti della recente crisi economica a New York e in altre città americane. Negozi chiuse e lotti vuoti nei centri urbani e nelle aree periferiche rivelano una bellezza inquietante. Di tanto in tanto, una persona o l'artista stessa è visibile come un ombra, quasi un fantasma. Le fotografie della serie Dark City offrono anche un messaggio ottimistico, rivelano il naturale ciclo di decadimento e rinascita nell'ecologia urbana.
Un dialogo dinamico e continuo tra un luogo definito e lo spazio vuoto.

Dark City. Urban America at Night.
Dark City' is an exploration of the urban landscape at dusk and dawn, with a new focus on the effects of the recent economic turmoil on New York and other American cities. Shuttered stores and empty lots in city centers and fringe areas alike reveal a haunting and disquieting beauty. Occasionally, a person or the artist herself is visible as a ghosted image or shadow. Photographs in 'Dark City' also counterbalance signs of loss with a more optimistic message. They reveal a natural cycle of decay and rebirth in urban ecology.
'Dark City' is ultimately a dynamic and ongoing dialogue between defined place and empty space.


Lynn Saville

USA / USA

Il critico statunitense Arthur C. Danto descrive Lynn Saville (Durham, North Carolina 1950) come "la risposta newyorkese a Eugène Atget, perchè si aggira per la sua città alla fine del giorno, raccogliendo i frammenti del passato quando passano nel presente, poco prima che vengano inghiottiti dalle ombre”.
Scattando all'alba o al tramonto - posizionando il cavalletto in modo furtivo per non attirare l'attenzione delle forze dell'ordine - l'artista ritrae luoghi svuotati della loro dimensione primaria, che diventa altra, quasi un set cinematografico dietro al quale si svelano abbandoni dovuti alla dilagante crisi finanziaria, o a espansioni edilizie che cancellano un passato fatto di persone e di consuetudini ormai desuete.
Le opere di Lynn Saville sono state raccolte in quattro monografie: Acquainted with the Night (Rizzoli, 1997); Night/Shift (Monacelli/Random House, 2009), introduzione di Arthur C. Danto; Dark City: Urban America at Night (Damiani, 2015), introduzione di Geoff Dyer, e Lost (Kris Graves Projects, 2018), e fanno parte di importanti collezioni pubbliche e private, tra cui: National Portrait Gallery, London; International Center of Photography, New York; Yale University Art Gallery; Bibliothéque Nationale de France; Brooklyn Museum of Art; California Museum of Photography; Denver Art Museum; George Eastman House; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; Mint Museum; Montgomery Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of the City of Paris; Museum of the City of New York; New York Public Library; Fidelity Investments; Goldman Sachs; Credit Suisse; Prudential Financial.
Lynn Saville vive e lavora a New York.

The American critic Arthur C. Danto Arthur Danto has described Lynn Saville as New York's answer to Eugène Atget, because she "prowls her city at the other end of the day, picking up pieces".
Shooting at sunrise or sunset - positioning the easel in a stealthy way so as not to attract the attention of the police - the artist portrays places emptied of their primary dimension, which becomes another, almost a film set behind which abandonments are revealed due to the rampant financial crisis, or to building expansions that erase a past made up of people and by now obsolete habits. Lynn Saville's works have been collected in four monographs: Acquainted with the Night (Rizzoli, 1997 ); Night / Shift (Monacelli / Random House, 2009), introduction by Arthur C. Danto; Dark City: Urban America at Night (Damiani, 2015), introduction by Geoff Dyer, and Lost (Kris Graves Projects, 2018), and are part of important public and private collections, including: National Portrait Gallery, London; International Center of Photography, New York; Yale University Art Gallery; Bibliothéque Nationale de France; Brooklyn Museum of Art; California Museum of Photography; Denver Art Museum; George Eastman House; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; Mint Museum; Montgomery Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of the City of Paris; Museum of the City of New York; New York Public Library; Fidelity Investments; Goldman Sachs; Credit Suisse; Prudential Financial. Lynn Saville lives and works in New York.



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