Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

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Press relating to Massimo Bartolini

  • Opening this week: Massimo Bartolini ~ Robert Clark

    Published in The Guardian, May 2016 ( 33 )

    The artist presents a sensuously evocative installation including a plaintive violin soundtrack, the aroma of Toscano cigars and a sculptural reproduction of Golden Square’s George II statue, now forlornly resting on its side. London is far from short of neo-Situationist drifters or opportunistic psychogeographers, yet few pierce the smog of cultural forgetting with such aesthetic taste.

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  • ‘Tell it Slant’ at Frith Street’s Soho Square ~ Emily Watkins

    Published in Plinth, March 2016

    Bockelt’s work is a fitting avenue for discussion of the exhibition as a whole. Abstraction, we learn, is often very highly stylised – it is frequently anything but random, and there are frequent nods to mathematics and physics. Waves, geometry, symmetry and tessellation can read cold when represented visually, but become imbued with a new significance when the logic behind their creation is laid bare. Massimo Bartolini’s piece, ‘Untitled (airplane)’ was another favourite, and also illustrates the potential for harmony, rather than tension, between our conflicting desires for order and freedom.

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  • Massimo Bartolini’s bookyard is an Outdoor Library in a Belgian Vineyard ~ Leon Kaye

    Published in inhabitat, 10 June 2012

    In Ghent, Belgium, St. Peter’s Abbey Vineyard has been a part of the town landscape since the Middle Ages. Now this historic vineyard has gotten a beautiful new addition, dubbed Bookyard, which was recently installed by the Italian artist Massimo Bartolini. Designed as part of the art festival Track: A Contemporary City Conversation, 12 sweeping bookcases align with the Abbey’s grapevines and harken back to an old world Europe that was once filled with bounded print, and free from digital forms.’s-bookyard-brings-together-a-belgian-vineyard-and-an-outdoor-library/

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  • Massimo Bartolini

    Published in Contemporary Arts Society, April 2008

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  • Massimo Bartolini ~ Iara Boubnova

    Published in Manifesta4, February 2008

    Massimo Bartolini creates real physical environments while being uniquely capable of relating them to some superior worlds. His installations include a special use of light and often sound. They are indeed rooms and spaces that, however, have immense tactile power.

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  • Dialogues with the City ~ Laura Cherubini

    Published in, February 2008

    ‘The artist has created an installation using light, immaterial element constituted by pure energy. The art-work will be on the facade of the MAXXI, in close relation with the new museum and with the city.’

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  • 3 Rooms

    Published in, February 2008

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  • The Dark Acts ~ Freire Barnes

    Published in BBC, August 2007

    ‘Set within the far space, Sphere catches your eye and ear. A game of boules is underway with a French radio station’s commentary in the background to spur you on. However, the dynamics of the game have been tampered with as we are inside and an incongruous walnut has replaced the “cochon”. The walnut’s capricious surface generates an undeterminable game, as you are encouraged to appreciate the moment of throwing a shiny brass ball to its unknown fate.’

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  • Preview ~ Jessica Lack and Robert Clark

    Published in Guardian, The Guide, July 2007

    ‘Bartolini is able to infect the most brute urban environments with a monumental, often transcendental sculptural poetry. Manufactured detritus, often on a gargantuan scale, is played off against the most charming of natural delicacies.’

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  • Aire de Rosa en Caixaforum ~ Susanna Saez

    Published in El Pais, Cataluna, June 2007

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