Bologna | Lawrence Carroll at the MAMbo


The MAMbo (Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna) presents the works of Lawrence Carroll, one of the main exponents of contemporary painting, through an exhibition entitled Lawrence Carroll Ghost House.

Open to the public until 6 April, 2015 the show traces Carroll’s artistic evolution over more than 30 years through around 60 works produced between the mid-1980s and the present, many of which have never been exhibited before and some realized expressly for the occasion. Particularly significant is the contiguity with the Museo Morandi, the largest public collection of the works of Giorgio Morandi, one of Carroll’s stated models and great master of 20th century painting.


Ghost House is installed in the temporary exhibition galleries where, rather than following chronological criteria, it creates environments that the artist describes as “built on memory”, in which works from different periods are placed in dialogue with one another and with the museum context in the conviction that meaning can be found not only in the individual works
but in their relationships, considered collectively and through time, like the narrative overlappings of a story.

The artists from whom he has drawn inspiration are many, including Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Marc Rothko, Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Cy Twombly and Sean Scully.
But prevailing over all of them is Giorgio Morandi, with whom Lawrence Carroll shares a love for the intimate, private dimension, as well as a constant quest to penetrate the complexity of reality through the epiphany of everyday objects, seemingly simple yet imbued with inexhaustible possibilities of interpretation in their multiple combinations.
Like the objects of Morandi, Lawrence Carroll, since the beginning of his artistic career, has meticulously studied the different possibilities of positioning his canvases, which become no longer surfaces but ‘bodies’with multiple faces. The stretchers thus take on different forms
and volumes, concave or convex, elements and objects of different kinds are assembled and added such that the painting assumes the characteristics of sculpture, the canvas becomes skin, the wax is ointment, the cuts are drawn lines but also openings into a deeper interior


All images: Courtesy of MAMbo

From the top:
Lawrence Carroll, Untitled, 1990
oil, wax, canvas on wood. 91,5 x 147,3 x 30,5 cm
Collection of the artist. Photo credit: Carroll Studio
Lawrence Carroll, Untitled (Verona), 2001
oil, wax, canvas on wood
Panza di Biumo Collection. Photo credit: Carroll Studio
Lawrence Carroll, Untitled, 2011
oil, wax, canvas, buckets, shoes, leaves, 351 x 301 x 30 cm
Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve, Galerie Buchmann
Photo credit: Carroll Studio


Lawrence Carroll. Ghost House
December 12, 2014 – April 6, 2015
MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna
Via Don Giovanni Minzoni 14, Bologna.


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