ANTONIETTA GRASSI

Antonietta Grassi has been committed to the practice of abstract painting for most of her career. Her paintings, which at first appear as hard-edged geometric abstractions, are composed of multi-layered, painted surfaces where the touch of the hand is paramount. Grassi paints layered, intuitively derived forms that are intersected by fine, thread-like lines—creating works where textile, architecture, and painting's twentieth century history collide. Through her nuanced and layered palette, she explores color and light to create perceptual spaces that are drawn from memory and imagination. Grassi's work is simultaneously mathematical and painterly, reflecting a process-driven approach that belies the organized compositions of the geometric forms prevalent in the works.

Grassi’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in Canada, the United States, and in Europe, including Muséé National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec; Museo Civico di Molise in Casacalende, Italy; Kunstwerk Calshutte in Budelsdorf, Germany; the Boston Center for the Arts, Trestle Gallery in New York; Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio; the Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles; the McClure Gallery, Lilian Rodriguez, the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery and the Maison de la Culture Frontenac in Montreal. Her work is in numerous private, corporate, and public collections including the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec. 

 

 

STATEMENT

I paint distorted geometric forms in a nuanced and layered color palette as a  way to explore color, shape and light and how they inform our notions of space and memory. Perhaps no memory being stronger than that associated with one's childhood home, my paintings reflect an emotional space that has been shaped by these memories and the passage of time. Having lost both of my parents within a short time frame, I was confronted with the task of emptying my childhood home of its possessions. The psychological and physical impact of facing this process led me to explore fragments of deconstructed and nonsensical space through hollowed cubes, skewed geometric, translucent shapes, and threadlike lines that connect them all . What was once a home was transformed into a disembodied shell filled with a flurry of emotions, symbolizing acts of removing, dismantling, discarding, detaching, remembering, and forgetting. My work reflects how these memories of the past produce fleeting blueprints for structuring the present, and how a delicate stability is attained through the language and solidity of color, shape and light.

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

 

EDUCATION

1997 Master of Fine Arts, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Canada

1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018  Contemplation for Obsolete Objects, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montréal, Québec

2018  Architectonica, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe Claire,  Quebec

2018  Antonietta Grassi, Harcourt House, Edmonton , Alberta, Canada

2017  Flatpack , Galerie R3, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Canada

2017  Contained Chance, Antonietta Grassi and Brigitte Radecki, Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montreal

2017  UnFolding: Antonietta Grassi and Katherine Pickering, Artcite, Windsor, Canada

2016  Works on Paper, The Harris-Warke Gallery, Red Deer, Canada

2016  Antonietta Grassi, Art-Image, Espace Odyssée, Gatineau, Canada          

2015  Antonietta Grassi Centre d’exposition du Vieux Presbytère, St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Canada

2014  Deliberate Apertures and Accidental Enclosures, Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2011  Rococo, McClure Gallery, Montreal, Canada (catalogue)

2009  Langscapes, Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2005  Mots Perdus, Galerie Esthesio, Quebec City, Canada

2003  Babble, Galerie Esthesio, Quebec City, Canada

2002  Babble, Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Canada

2002  Astrazione Referenziale, Galeria d’arte contemporanea San Giorgio, Naples, Italy

1999  Painting dot com, Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Canada                              

1999  Wave, Artcore Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1998  Scar Calendar, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1997  Projet cicatrices( suite), Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Canada

1997  Projet cicatrices, Galerie Clark, Montreal, Canada

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017  Atelier Secret, Galerie McLure, Montreal, Canada

2017  Winter Collection, Kenise Barnes Fine Arts, New York, U.S.A

2016  Small Works, Trestle Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

2016  Musée à ciel ouvert de Saint-Lambert, Ville de Saint-Lambert, Saint-Lambert, Canada

2016  Massivart, Chromatic, Montreal, Canada

2016  Weekend en lumière, Showfrette, Ville de Beloeil, Canada

2015  Monolithic, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, U.S.A.

2015  High Water, Boston Public Library, Boston, U.S.A

2015  Nord Art 2015, Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Budelsdorf, Germany

2015  The Drawing Show, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2015  Massivart, Chromatic, Montreal, Canada

2014  The View from Over Here, Crossing Art, New York, U.S.A.

2014  Massivart, Chromatic, Montreal, Canada

2014  Découvrir/Emballer, L’Artothèque, Montreal, Canada

2013  This Is Water, Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Vermont, U.S.A.

2013  LA Art Show, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A

2013  Palm Springs Art Fair, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A

2012  New acquisitions, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Quebec, Canada

2011  Dawson Bienale, Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, Canada 

2010  Kalenarte, Museo Civico di Molise, Casacalende, Italy

2008  Le Collège comme lieu de création, Maison de la culture Notre- Dame-de-Grace, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Canada

2006  Opere N ouve, Museo Civico di Molise, Molise, Italy

2004  Terra Tremante, Museo Civico di Molise, Molise, Italy

2004  L’Abstraction: une manière de voir, Centre d’exposition, Val-d’or, Canada

2003  Gallery Artists, Newzones Gallery, Calgary, Canada

2003  Post Scriptum, Galerie Esthesio, Quebec City, Canada

2003  La Collection Prêt d’oeuvres d’arts - Nouvelles acquisitions, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Quebec City, Canada

2002  Group Show, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2002  Hommage to Yves Gaucher, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2002  L’Abstraction : une manière de voir,  Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Quebec, Canada

2001  D. Blatherwick, A. Grassi, F. Sullivan, Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Canada

2001  Paysage,  Galerie René Bouin / Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Canada

2000  La cathédrale engloutie,  Galerie René Blouin / Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Canada

1999  Les Peintures, Galerie René Blouin /Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Canada

1999  Peintures de genres (masculin/féminin) L’actualité de la peinture abstraite au Québec, dans le cadre du Printemps du Québec en France, Centre d’échange de Perrache, Lyon, France

1999  Oeuvres sur papier, Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Canada

1998  Peinture Peinture, Édifice Belgo, Montreal, Canada

1998  Untitled, ARTCORE Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1997  The Conscious Feminine, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.

1997  The Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, U.S.A.

1997  Abstraction, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, U.S.A.

1997  La Grande Virée 1997, Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Canada

1996  Holocaust Commemorative, Joseph D.Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1996  Made, Quartier Éphemère, Montreal, Canada

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Boston Public Library, Permanent Collection, USA

Musée National des Beaux-Arts, Québec, Canada

Museo Civico Di Molise, Molise, Italy

Private and Corporate Collections in Canada, United States, Italy

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2017  A Grant, (Visual Arts project grant), Canada Council for the Arts

2017  Travel Grant, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec

2017  Travel Grant, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Canada

2014  Jury prize, Queens Library Foundation and Crossing Art Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

2014  Culture et communication du Québec, Accepted to the public art program “Intégration des arts à l’architecture”

2007  A Grant, (research and creation), Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec

2005  B Grant, (research and creation), Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec

2004  Travel Grant (Italy), Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec

2004  Travel Grant (Italy), Canada Council for the Arts

2002  B Grant, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec

2002  Travel Grant (Italy), Canada Council for the Arts

2002  Travel Grant, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec

1999  Travel Grant (France), Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec

1999  B Grant (arts visuels), Canada Council for the Arts

1998  Banff Artist Residency Grant, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Women and Paint

1998  Travel Grant (Vancouver), Canada Council for the Arts

 

REVIEWS

2017  Issu.com, New Paintings, Kenise Barnes Fine Arts.

2016  Catalogue, Inda 10 – 10th International Drawing Annual, Manifest, ‘Works of Recent Contemporary Drawing, Manifest Gallery.

2016  Catalogue , Musée à ciel ouvert de Saint-Lambert.

2015  Ledoux, Julie, “Vue surélevée”, Le Journal Voir, Montréal May 22.

2015  Clément, Éric, “Une Montagne de créativité”, La Presse May 4.

2015  Esteban, Lara, Festival Chromatic 2015, Art-facto, May.

2015  Kunstwerk Carlshutte, NordArt 2015 catalogue

2014  Scileppi, Tammy, ”Crossing Art Gallery Teams with Queens Library Foundation to Show Diversity Through Art”, Times Ledger, New York,  December 3.

2014  Massivart / Chromatic Catalog (5e édition), p.21.

2014  Gagnaire, Anne, “Créer des liens entre l’art et les affaires”, Les Affaires ,Cover, April 12.

2013  Santore, Marcia, “This Is Water; Water As Art And Medium” , Artscope, September/October.

2013  This is Water Exhibit, The Vermont Journal September 8.

2005  Bois, Michel, “Antonietta Grassi; Entendre la Peinture”, Le Soleil May 28.

2003  Cote, Nathalie, Voir, Babble (and other coded language), March 20.

2002  Lehman, Henry. “A Fitting Tribute”, Montreal Gazette p.13, July 20.

2002  Lamarche, Bernard. “L’Aire du vide: hommage à Yves Gaucher”, Le Devoir p.D5, July 27.

2002  Delgado, Jerome, La Presse, Le legs de Gaucher, p.D12, July 27.

2002  Christine Redfern, “Honouring Yves Gaucher”, Montreal Mirror p.38, July 18.

2002  Zimmerman Brendel, Maria, “Antonietta Grassi  Fugacious Notations: Babble (and other coded language)“, ETC. Montreal  May/June.

2001  Lehman, Henry “Landscape Artists Explore Land of Metaphor”, Montreal Gazette August 4.

2001  David Elliot, Hommage à Yves Gaucher, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University.

2001  Mavrikakis, Nicolas, “Paysages artistique Quebecois,” Voir July 26.

2001  Swoboda, Victor,  “Young at Art: For today’s young artists bohemianism is out long hours in the studio are in”, Montreal Gazette February 9.

2001  Lamarche, Bernard.” La disparition des motifs”, Le Devoir,  July 2.

2000  “La Cathédrale Englouti”, Canadian Art , Summer.

1999  Lyne Crevier, “Bruissement de papier”, Ici Montréal , February 8.

1998   Stephanie Bérubé, “Grande fete de la peinture abstraite au Québec”,  La Presse, June 6.

1998  Renzetti, Elizabeth, “Davide Pan, Antonietta Grassi and Otino Corsano” Eyetalian Magazine, p.36, Winter.

1998  Brancato, Dario, “Le opere di tre italocanadesei a Yorkville” Corriere Canadese, Jan. 15.

1996  Stephan Aquin , “Made” , Journal Voir August 15.

1996  Gillian MacKay,  “Children’s Holocaust graffiti inspires artist’s paintings”, The Globe and Mail November 23.

1996  Nathalie –Roze Fischer, “Holocaust Exhibit Potent and Subtle”, NOW (Toronto), November14.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EXPERIENCE

2018  Artist Presentation, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe Claire,  Quebec

2017  Lecture, Galerie R3, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Canada

2016  CHUO-FM89, Interview with  Mitchell Caplan, April 20, 2016

2016  Lecture, Art-Image, Espace Odyssée, Gatineau, Canada

2015  Lecture, Massivart, Chromatic 6th edition, Montreal, Canada

2015  Lecture, Centre d’exposition du Vieux Presbytère, St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Canada

2014  Art around the World, Colliding Worlds, webcast interview hosted by Angela Romeo, Palm Springs Art Fair

2014  Lecture, Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2013  Lecture, Vermont Institute of Contemporary Art, Chester , Vermont, U.S.A.

2013  Lecture, McClure Gallery, Montreal , Canada

2004  Lecture, Museo Civico di Molise, Italy (invitation)

2001  Lecture, UAAC Conference (Universities Art Association of Canada), Montreal, Canada

2000  Television Interview  “D, Musique Plus”,  March 2000

1998  Lecture and Resident Artist, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Women and Paint Residency, Banff, Canada

1998  Lecture, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

 

ARTIST RESIDENCES

2014  Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont, USA

1998  The Banff Centre for the Arts, Women and Paint Residency, Banff, Canada

 

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