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Gaetano Pesce ‘challenges dogma of traditional aesthetics’
Mar 25, 2015

Gaetano Pesce has been known for his unique artistic statements since the 1960’s. Now, a selection of his works can be seen at Allouche Gallery (115 Spring Street) in the exhibition Gaetano Pesce: One-of-a-Kind Iconic Works, 1969-2015 from March 26 to April 25. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on March 26 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The exhibition is comprised of 60 pieces, many of which are on view in New York City for the first time. Some highlights include the UP 5&6 Chair, the XXXL Fabric Vase and the Bastone Lamp.
Gaetano Pesce ‘challenges dogma of traditional aesthetics’
UP 5&6 Chair, 1968. Fiberglass and epoxy putty.
“Art and design should be a service to the people,” said Pesce. “An object should express more than beauty, nice form and function—it should be subversive and express a political point of view.” His works combine art, architecture and design to pass social and political commentary. Many pieces are intended to humorously and ironically attack mass-produced architecture and object.
Gaetano Pesce ‘challenges dogma of traditional aesthetics’  Gaetano Pesce ‘challenges dogma of traditional aesthetics’
Left, Kid Lamp, 2013. Resin, epoxy resin, string. Right, Senza Fine Unica, 2011. Polyurethane.
One of his statement pieces that pairs design with a political message is his UP Chair. Meant to resemble a prehistoric female fertility figure with a ball attached to it by a chain, it aims to make a statement about how in many societies women are systematically denied rights, and subject to the prejudices of men. In a larger sense, this piece reflects the artist’s view that democracy should protect diverse groups, and that design should celebrate that diversity.
Allouche Gallery is open Monday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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