Luca Pizzaroni – Visual Artist

Luca Pizzaroni

Luca Pizzaroni

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.


Bianco Trash – Fred Torres Collaborations, New York City, June 21 – July 27

Gone With the Wind – Fred Torres Collaborations, New York City , Jun. 9 – Sept. 2

Krada – Fred Torres Collaborations, New York City, Sept. 15 – Dec. 4

Store #1, American Apparel, Los Angeles, June 2003

Endcommercial, KunstWerke, KW-Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, May 7 – July 7
Endcommercial, Storefront for Art + Architecture, New York City,July 18 – August 24
Endcommercial, Haus der Kunst, Munich, September 12 ­ October 20
Endcommercial, Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Rome, September 19 – October 4
Endcommercial,Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, December 5

Group Exhibitions

Konstellation, F5.6 gallery,Munich Sept.12 – Oct.12

Scope International Art Show,New York City,March 6-10

The Texas Contemporary Art Fair ,Houston,Oct.18-Oct.21
Filed Under,Galleria Ugo Ferranti,Rome, Jan.28 – Feb.20

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Dec. 1 – 4
NO COMMENT ,Occupy Wall Street, JP Morgan Building,New York City,Oct.8
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair,New York City,Mar. 3 – 6

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair,Miami,Dec. 1 – 4
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art,New York City,Sept.27

Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor,Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah-NY, Jul.12 – Oct.4

Performance Z-A, Storefront for Art + Architecture, New York City, Sept.21-Oct.16
Chinatowns, Storefront for Art + Architecture, New York City, Dec.11-Dec.22

Vegas Super Nova, Selfridges Department Store, London,April 21 – May 20

La Leggerezza, Instituto Galilei, Rome,April 16 – May 4

Reviews / Interviews

The Wall Street Journal
Gallery Space Goes to Waste, by Pia Catton, June 21 2012

The New Yorker
Goings On About Town: Art, September 5 2011

Luca dalle parti di Baudelaire by Beatrice Panerai, July 2011

Village Voice
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
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 dell’Arte
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 Ramirz, August 23 1998

The New York Times
Smiles of a Summer Audience Italian Style by Jocelyn Craugh, August 10, 1997

Contact Studio Pizzaroni for more information

studio [at] lucapizzaroni [dot] com