Le Cinéma de Steve Kaufman

Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art Presents “Le Cinéma de Steve Kaufman,” an Exhibition of Pop Art Inspired by Film

February 20, 2017 / Milan, Italy -- American Pop Art, Inc. is proud to announce the exhibition, “Le Cinéma de Steve Kaufman,” a series of art works dedicated to cinema, from March 2 through May 6, 2017 at Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art in Milan, Italy. A grand opening celebration will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 PM.

Le Cinéma de Steve Kaufman is described as a series of works by Steve Kaufman, the exponent of Neo Pop Art, dedicated to “the Seventh Art,” a phase that recalls the manifesto of Ricciotto Canudo, an early Italian film theoretician who saw cinema as "plastic art in motion.” In his essays, Canudo defined cinema as the Seventh Art—a synthesis of the ancient arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and poetry, and dance.

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” - Federico Fellini

These words by Neorealist film director/screenwriter Federico Fellini can best describe the spirit of Steve Kaufman and his work aimed at describing people and the contemporary objects in an ironic and dreamy way. Recognized as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, Federico Fellini is known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness. Likewise, the glittering world of cinema is an excellent source of inspiration for Steve Kaufman’s works, which include stars, posters, and frames.

Kaufman deliciously enwraps Canudo, Fellini, and the essence of Hollywood in this latest exhibition of 26 works. Marilyn Monroe, in particular, is a timeless icon who Steve Kaufman portrayed many times, but always with a new look. The same can be said for Elvis Presley and James Dean, timeless faces of our history present here next to, among others, a beautiful and elegant Grace Kelly.

An inspired Steve Kaufman visualized and chose to portray these icons first before the world of fairy tales, cartoon characters, and superheroes—a clever way to make us keep on dreaming.

Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art is located at Via dell'Orso 12 (entrance at Via Ciovasso 3), 20121 Milano. For more information about this exhibit, visit http://www.barbarafrigeriogallery.it or call 011-39-0236593924.

Alberto Panizzoli, Barbara Frigerio at the Grand Opening on March 2