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Fausta Squatriti (Milan, 1941), artist, writer, poet, art editor, at the center of the Italian and international artistic and intellectual scene since the early 1960s, she became friend with some great artists and writers, including: Lucio Fontana , Man Ray, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jesús Rafael Soto, Cy Twombly, Salvatore Quasimodo, Arturo Schwarz.
Her first solo show was held in 1964 at the Galleria dell’Indiano, curated by Gillo Dorfles, where she exhibited the "Urformen" cycle. From 1968, with the cycles “Buster Keaton's walk” and the “Colored Sculptures” she began her international career. In 1968 she exhibited at the Galerie Pierre Lundholm in Stockholm, in 1969 at the Kozmopolitan Gallery in New York, in 1970 at the Estudio Actual in Caracas and at the Courtney Gallery in Houston, in 1971 at the Mabat Gallery in Tel Aviv, in 1972 at the Galerie Alexandre Iolas in Genéve and Jack Mizrachi in Ciudad de México, in 1975 by Arte Contatto in Caracas and at the Museo de Arte Contemporanea Jesús Rafael Soto in Ciudad Bolivar and, in 1976, by Studio La Città di Verona.
During the 70s and 80s, Fausta Squatriti's artistic research becomes more severe and essential, she turns her attention to the primary elements producing two important cycles "Black Sculptures" and "Physiology of the Square”. She exhibited for the first time in 1978 at the La Polena Gallery in Genoa and in 1979 at the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan. The exhibition success of these works continues with the solo exhibition in 1980 at Studio Marconi and at the Concordia 7 Cultural Initiative Center in Pordenone. In 1981 these series will be exhibited at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara and at the Galerie Denise René, Paris, then, in 1983, at the Italian Cultural Institute in Zagreb, at the Studentski Kulturni Centar in Beograd, at the Centar za Kulturu in Rijeka, at the Mala Galerija in Ljubljana and at Likovnich Umjetnosti in Osijek, in 1987 by Galerie Karin Fesel in Düsseldorf and in 1988 at The Art Building Commons Gallery in Honolulu.
With the beginning of the 90s, the geometric essentiality of the previous two decades begins to be accompanied by the crude denunciation of the evils of humanity and from contemporary society. Thus, she produced cycles such as "As a sign of nature", "Animal Kingdom", "Vegetable Kingdom", "Tools of the trade", "Ecce Homo", "Beata Solitudo, sola Beatitudo" up to the current "Open heart". Fausta Squatriti's exhibition career continues with personal exhibitions at the Bianca Pilat Gallery in Milan, again at the Galerie Karin Fesel in Düsseldorf in 1997, at the Mudima Foundation in Milan, at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, at the ex Carceri Le Nuove in Turin.
An historical reinterpretation of the work of Fausta Squatriti begins with the great retrospective dedicated to the artist in 2017 across three shows at the Milan Triennale, the Gallerie d’Arte di Italia, (Banca Intesa San Paolo) and the Nuova Galleria Morone.
Afterwards she exhibited at ArteSilva di Seregno in 2018 and in 2019 at the Galleria Bianconi in Milan and at the Albertz Benda gallery in New York belong to this review.
Works by Fausta Squatriti are preserved in numerous public collections including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Center George Pompidou in Paris, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto in Ciudad Bolivar, the Museum del Novecento in Milan, the MAMM - Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Tel Aviv.
Alongside her own studio practice, Squatriti collaborated with Sergio Tosi, between 1964 and 1976, as the publisher of limited editions, graphic art and multiples and she continued on her own name between 1980 and 1986.
In 1966 Fausta Squatriti realized her first artist's book "Tatane" with unpublished texts by Alfred Jarry, followed in 1972 by "Echiquier" created jointly with Man Ray. There are many artist's books in a single copy, among which we remember, from 2009, "Venezia Salva. Homage to Simone Weil ” and the monumental“ In Memoria ”, dedicated to documents relating to the persecution of the Jews of Turin.
The Buster Keaton’s Walk ‘64-’66
Buster Keaton’s Walk: The Rat, 1964-66
Kaolin and pigments on canvas
155 × 124 cm
Buster Keaton’s Walk, 1965
Kaolin and pigments on canvas
146 × 126 cm
Coloured Sculptures ‘67-’70
Half Empty, 1972
Oxidized iron, lacquered iron, stainless steel
150 × 40 × 40 cm
Copy from vacuum, 1970
Stainless steel and lacquered iron
66 × 66 × 15 cm
Listen to your heart city, 2010-12Fausta Squatriti
Ascolta il tuo cuore città: muro a L'Aquila, dopo il terremoto, 2012
Photo, pigment, pastel on Hammer cardboard, mounted on aluminum, resin and cloth
103 × 135 × 25 cm
Beata solitudo, sola beatitudo, 2012 -15
Beata solitudo sola Beatitudo: con innaffiatoio, 2015
Photograph, pigments, pastels, resin, cloth, wood
220 × 167 × 40 cm