Roberto Cuoghi

Born:
1973
Residence:
Milan, Italy
Nationality:
Italy
Trust:
APT London
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  • There’s something of the twisted genius at work in 'Ametria', the fascinating exhibition currently on show at the Benaki Museum in Athens.

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  • The Italian curator Francesco Bonami is organising an auction of Italian art at Phillips New York on 28 April

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  • It’s been more than four years since Phillips handed over their auction rooms to Philippe Ségalot to organize his own sale, one of the largest and most successful Contemporary Evening sales in the auction house’s history. Although the firm has been sold since then and is now on its second CEO, Phillips seems to be returning to that strategy.

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  • Sometimes art is most meaningful when you least expect. If you'd told me a month ago that the most engaging encounters I would soon

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  • The exhibition glories a bit much in the “intensities” of its artists, striving for a feverish atmosphere that’s both amusing and a little irritating. In both the selected artworks and the exhibition materials, Gioni vacillates between a hyped-up end-of-the-world scenario ("after nature" as post-nature) and a more subtle interrogation of the art-nature relationship (‘after nature’ as a mode of descriptive art-making). The real meat of the show lies in those pieces that probe the latter...

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  • The 2014 season has begun. While popular shows of artists like Magritte, Hopper, and Carrie Mae Weems continue their travels, dozens of new exhibition devoted to modern and contemporary art are opening across the country. Here are some observations.

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  • Sometimes art is most meaningful when you least expect. If you'd told me a month ago that the most engaging encounters I would soon

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  • In general, major museums avoid exhibiting private collections as such, unless they are promised as gifts to the institution. In these recessionary

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  • The art world is peculiarly suited to dramatize a problem, or at least a syndrome, of the present day: that of abominable wealth, by which I mean the

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  • Ah, "body modification" art — that sub-sub-genre of performance art that features artists disfiguring, warping, implanting devices into, or otherwise

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  • It’s hard to imagine a more effective transition towards the Hammer’s exhibition galleries from the museum’s parking garage or the cacophony of sights

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1973 in Modena, Italy, Roberto Cuoghi lives and works in Milan. Cuoghi creates theatrical works, which suggest that appearances can be deceiving. Through imperceptible alterations, or conversely, through highly staged transformations, Cuoghi’s works reveal how our perception of others and of everyday events is fraught with expectations. His video “Foolish things” (2002) seamlessly edits together a sunrise and a sunset to the tune of “These Foolish Things”, while barely visible objects zoom by in the cloudy background, as if they were hallucinations. Cuoghi is probably best known for a 7-year performance through which he convincingly transformed his physical appearance into that of his now deceased father. Cuoghi dyed his hair, wore his father’s clothes and adopted the latter's habits as well as his diet. This affected the young artist’s physical condition to the extent that his vital signs registered as those of a middle-aged man.

Solo exhibitions were held at the New Museum, New York, NY (2014); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2008).  His work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions at important venues worldwide, such as Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Have you seen me before?, Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2013); The Encyclopedic Palace, the 55th Venice Biennale, (2013); The Residue of Memory, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (2012); 10000 Lives, Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2010); Skin Fruit, New Museum, New York (2010); Fare Mondi/Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, (2009); Fractured Figure, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens (2007); Sequence 1, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2007); and Of Mice and Men, 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2006).