Visionary designer, architect and artist Gaetano Pesce will have has first solo, New York exhibition at Fred Torres Collaborations from March 21-May 25, 2013. The exhibition focuses on issues of love and empathy, be it for ourselves, each other or the world, that have been important themes in Pesce’s work. L’ABBRACCIO, (The Hug) the name of the exhibition, refers to a cabinet designed by Pesce in 2009 of two people locked in an embrace. In addition to its “namesake” cabinet, the exhibition will feature some of Pesce’s rarely seen drawings from the 1970s, maquettes, lighting and furniture. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 21 from 6-8 pm.
About Gaetano Pesce:
Gaetano Pesce was born in La Spezia, Italy in 1939 and studied Architecture at the University of Venice He has worked on private and public projects in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pesce taught for 28 years at the Institut d’Architecture e d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France at the Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburg, at the Domus Academy in Milan, the Polytechnic of Hong Kong, the Architectural School of Sao Paulo and the Cooper Union in New York City, where he currently lives. Pesce exhibits his work worldwide. In 1996 the Pompidou Centre in Paris presented a retrospective and an exhibition at the Triennale di Milano presented a retrospective which was also shown at Vitra in Germany Pesce’s most well-known architectural commissions include the Hubin’s Apartment in Paris (1986), the Organic Building in Osaka (1989-93), the Shuman’s residence in New York (1994) The city of Osaka, declared Pesce’s Organic Building, with its vertical garden upon the façade as a ‘civic landmark’ in 1994 and the Manhattan office for advertising agency TWBA/Chiat Day, was hailed by the New York Times as ‘a remarkable work of art ... that bears no resemblance to the sleek, hard- edged aesthetic we associate with the modern w His designs are manufactured by Cassina, B&B Italia, Bernini, Knoll International, Venini, Zerodisegno, Swarovski, Vitra, Melissa, Meritalia, Elica, Le Fablier and Camper.