Luca Pizzaroni – Visual Artist
Walter Benjamin’s [The Arcades Project, 1927] interpretation of the concept of the flaneur as expressed by Baudelaire [Le Spleen de Paris, 1862] is that the contemporary flaneur is a figure that has nothing in common with the tourist, shopper, indefatigable walker, victim of the crowd, or instrument of capitalism. A flaneur takes pleasure in the haste and bustle of city streets, maneuvers through these crowded streets with the eye of an artist, yet is different from them.
Luca Pizzaroni well represents the postmodern flaneur.An active spectator of contemporary life and urban settings with an interest in the multiple facets of human disposition, he sets up house in the middle of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, amid the fugitive and infinite.His work has involved the creation of conceptually based sociopolitical sculptures,pictures and films which have been featured in museums,galleries and film festivals around the world.
He was co-author of Endcommercial: Reading the City, Hatje Cantz Publishers (2002), an analytical observation of recurring urban iconographies of over 60,000 images of New York and other cities. The book, containing more than 1000 images, has been widely acclaimed for creating a new visual vocabulary that describes the urban experience.
Reviews / Interviews
The Wall Street Journal â€“ Gallery Space Goes to Waste, by Pia Catton, June 21 2012
The New Yorker â€“ Goings On About Town: Art, September 5 2011
Capital â€“ Luca dalle parti di Baudelaire by Beatrice Panerai, July 2011
Village Voice â€“ Best in Show: by Robert Shuster, Jun 29 2011
The New York Times -All Dressed Up at the Katonah Museum of Art by Benjamin Genocchio, August 21 2009
The New York Times -And You Thought Abercrombie & Fitch Was Pushing It? by Jaime Wolf, April 23 2006
The New York Times â€“Art in Review-Endcommercial by Ken Johnson, August 23 2002
The New York Times -Reliving ‘Mean Streets’ In Open-Air Screenings by Edward Wong, July 16 2000
Il Giornale dellâ€™Arte â€“ Lettera da New York by Lucio Pozzi, N.180 1999
The New York Times -MAKING IT WORK Cinema Under the Stars Runs Into Some Storms by Anthony Ramirez, August 23 1998
The New York Times -Smiles of a Summer Audience Italian Style by Jocelyn Craugh, August 10, 1997