Twentynineth episode of the program “Pralines. Deliciousness from the world of art” by Ly thi Thanh Thao and Sergio Mandelli dedicated to Gianfranco Notargiacomo.
Gianfranco Notargiacomo is born in 1945, in Rome.
His artistic apprenticeship grows alongside the necessity to understand the meaning of making art. For this reason he takes a degree in Aesthetics.
In the early years of the 1960s, he knows the Tartaruga gallery of Plinio de Martiis and Franz Kline’s art.
Soon, he makes acquaintance with the major exponents of the art panorama of the epoch, especially with Pino Pascali, who provides him with valuable advice, and Sandro Chia, who proves to be his ideal companion.
His first performance takes place in 1969 at the Mara Coccia gallery.
In 1971, his first solo exhibition at the Tartaruga gallery features an installation of two hundred colored plasticine “Little Men” set in different poses, but all directed towards the spectator.
Notargiacomo’s installation of “Little Men” shows a poetical lightness that enchants everybody, including the reporter of the Herald Tribune.
In 1974 realizes a series of portraits of the 20th century thinkers.
This complete return to painting proves to be more radical by his approach to the concept of “takéte”, collocated in an aesthetic current originated from Marinetti, first in a series of colored metal sculptures, then in paintings.
As a result, Notargiacomo’s large scale canvases entitled “Tempest and Assault”, are filled with colors.
His gesture in painting echoes Art Informel, but there is no trace of the Informel climate in his work: the painter no longer confronts himself existentially with the canvas. This is clearly expressed in the series entitled “Sea fights”, to which this splendid piece belongs: the viewer finds himself not in front of a war at sea, but a famous game of students.
On the Italian art scene, Notargiacomo can be considered as an extremely sensible connoisseur of the demands of the epoch: he does his best to satisfy them by mastering proper languages imbued with impressive farsightedness.