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Hammer Museum

Exhibition Detail
Hammer Projects: Roberto Cuoghi
Curated by: Ali Subotnick
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

January 22nd, 2011 - May 15th, 2011
January 22nd, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Self portrait , Roberto CuoghiRoberto Cuoghi, Self portrait ,
2010 , Mixed media on paper, Triptych: 18.11 x 48.6 x 2 in. (46 x 34.5 x 5 cm) each
© Courtesy the artist and Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan
culver city/west la
Tue-Fri 11-8; Sat-Sun 11-5
sculpture, mixed-media

Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi makes videos, sculpture, paintings, and drawings, in a variety of unconventional media, which expand on the possibilities for transformation and question our understanding of identity. For his most legendary work, the artist, at the time a pierced punk, decided to followed his father’s daily routine of eating, dressing and working, and eventually came to resemble the middle-aged man. He created a monumental sculpture after a tiny bronze statue from the collection of the Louvre, of an Assyrian deity Pazuzu, king of the demons of the wind. He hand-crafted a number of ancient musical instruments, which he then used in a musical accompaniment to his own singing of a lamentation from 612 b.c. invoking the protection of the Assyrian gods. For his Hammer Projects exhibition, his first solo show in the U.S., Cuoghi presents a new series of self-portraits depicting the artist in a variety of personae, as if he had traveled down a different path in life, along with a black Carrara marble sculpture of the demon god Pazuzu.

Organized by Ali Subotnick, Hammer curator.

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