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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

At once introspective and otherworldly, idyllic and doom-riddled, Giangiacomo Rossetti’s paintings dance between empiricism and fantasy. In careful brushstrokes, Rossetti introduces our moment’s vernacular to the monument of art history. Rossetti examines the synchronicities that support the return of the painterly touch, meanwhile opening a discourse on objectivity and illusionism in the theater of the contemporary.

 

Rossetti’s debut solo exhibition at Greene Naftali, Le Fantasie, presents a body of work from 2020, and the year’s anxieties seem to reverberate through its layers. Distributed throughout the claustrophobic spaces of an office floor plan reproduced within the gallery, the paintings are framed by a structure that approximates the artist’s provisory studio—an emptied suite of examination rooms in the working infirmary of a New England township. The scenes Rossetti envisions here build assiduously upon the ongoing nonevent of a global interregnum, and question the presumptive quietude of the American landscape.

 

Le Fantasie borrows its name from a cycle of paintings that the anti-fascist Mario Mafai—a founder of the Scuola Romana in the interwar period—made between 1940 and 1944. Loosely phantasmic, Mafai’s twenty-three nightmarish “fantasies” imagine barbaric expressions of Nazism. The small size of Mafai's panels betrays their clandestine execution, when he and painter Antonietta Raphaël (of Russian Jewish extraction) were forced into hiding along with their three daughters to avoid prosecution under the racial laws of Fascist Italy.

 

Giangiacomo Rossetti (b. 1989, Milan) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2019); Riverside, Bern, Switzerland (2018); Federico Vavassori, Milan (2017); Warm, São Paulo (2016); and GRGLT, Turin, Italy (2015). Notable group exhibitions include Stuart Shave Modern Art, London (2020); Greene Naftali, New York (2019); Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne (2018); and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2017).

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.2 - Il piccolo imperatore, 2020
Oil on hardboard panel, artist's frame
Painting: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Frame: 11 x 9 x 1 3/8 inches (27.9 x 22.9 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.0 - Premonizione, 2020
Oil on wood panel
Painting: 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches (34.9 x 25.1 cm)

Frame: 16 1/2 x 12 x 1 3/8 inches (41.9 x 30.5 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.5 - Due satiri, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 17 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (45.1 x 34.9 cm)
Frame: 18 5/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (47.3 x 37.5 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.4 - La terra è blu, 2020
Oil on hardboard panel, artist's frame
Painting: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Frame: 11 x 9 x 1 3/8 inches (27.9 x 22.9 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.8 - Il nuovo pontificato, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches (34.9 x 25.1 cm)
Frame: 14 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (37.5 x 27.3 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.7 - Auto ipnosi, 2020
Oil on aluminum panel, artist's frame
Painting: 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Frame: 19 x 15 x 1 3/8 inches (48.3 x 38.1 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.1 - Le Notizie, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (50 x 40 cm)
Frame: 20 5/8 x 16 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches (52.4 x 42.2 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.9 - La casa dagli spiriti buoni, 2020
Oil on aluminum panel, artist's frame
Painting: 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Frame: 19 x 15 x 1 3/8 inches (48.3 x 38.1 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.3 - La sepoltura, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 19 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (50.2 x 34.9 cm)
Frame: 20 5/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (52.4 x 37.5 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.10 - La vocazione sospesa (substitute), 2020
Oil on aluminum panel, artist's frame
Painting: 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Frame: 19 x 15 x 1 3/8 inches (48.3 x 38.1 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.6 - Contratto devozionale, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
Frame: 13 x 10 x 1 3/8 inches (33 x 25.4 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti, Installation view, Le Fantasie, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
The Red Mountain, 2020
Oil on wood panel
Overall: 47 1/4 x 100 1/2 inches (120 x 255.3 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.2 - Il piccolo imperatore, 2020
Oil on hardboard panel, artist's frame
Painting: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Artist frame: 11 x 9 x 1 3/8 inches (27.9 x 22.9 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.0 - Premonizione, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches (34.9 x 25.1 cm)
Artist frame: 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches (34.9 x 25.1 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.5 - Due satiri, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 17 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (45.1 x 34.9 cm)
Artist frame: 18 5/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (47.3 x 37.5 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.4 - La terra è blu, 2020
Oil on hardboard panel, artist's frame
Painting: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Artist frame: 11 x 9 x 1 3/8 inches (27.9 x 22.9 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.8 - Il nuovo pontificato, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches (34.9 x 25.1 cm)
Artist frame: 14 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (37.5 x 27.3 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.7 - Auto ipnosi, 2020
Oil on aluminium panel, artist's frame
Painting: 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Artist frame: 19 x 15 x 1 3/8 inches (48.3 x 38.1 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.1 - Le Notizie, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (50 x 40 cm)
Artist frame: 20 5/8 x 16 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches (52.4 x 42.2 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.9 - la casa dagli spiriti buoni, 2020
Oil on aluminum panel, artist's frame
Painting: 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Artist frame: 19 x 15 x 1 3/8 inches (48.3 x 38.1 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.3 - La sepoltura, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 19 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (50.2 x 34.9 cm)
Artist frame: 20 5/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (52.4 x 37.5 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.10 - la vocazione sospesa (substitute), 2020
Oil on aluminum panel, artist's frame
Painting: 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Artist frame: 19 x 15 x 1 3/8 inches (48.3 x 38.1 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.6 - Contratto devozionale, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
Artist frame: 13 x 10 x 1 3/8 inches (33 x 25.4 x 3.5 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
The Red Mountain, 2020
Oil on wood panel
Overall: 47 1/4 x 100 1/2 inches (120 x 255.3 cm)

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Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.2 - Il piccolo imperatore, 2020
Oil on hardboard panel, artist's frame
Painting: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Artist frame: 11 x 9 x 1 3/8 inches (27.9 x 22.9 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.0 - Premonizione, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches (34.9 x 25.1 cm)
Artist frame: 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches (34.9 x 25.1 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.5 - Due satiri, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 17 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (45.1 x 34.9 cm)
Artist frame: 18 5/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (47.3 x 37.5 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.4 - La terra è blu, 2020
Oil on hardboard panel, artist's frame
Painting: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Artist frame: 11 x 9 x 1 3/8 inches (27.9 x 22.9 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.8 - Il nuovo pontificato, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches (34.9 x 25.1 cm)
Artist frame: 14 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (37.5 x 27.3 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.7 - Auto ipnosi, 2020
Oil on aluminium panel, artist's frame
Painting: 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Artist frame: 19 x 15 x 1 3/8 inches (48.3 x 38.1 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.1 - Le Notizie, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (50 x 40 cm)
Artist frame: 20 5/8 x 16 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches (52.4 x 42.2 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.9 - la casa dagli spiriti buoni, 2020
Oil on aluminum panel, artist's frame
Painting: 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Artist frame: 19 x 15 x 1 3/8 inches (48.3 x 38.1 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.3 - La sepoltura, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 19 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (50.2 x 34.9 cm)
Artist frame: 20 5/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (52.4 x 37.5 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.10 - la vocazione sospesa (substitute), 2020
Oil on aluminum panel, artist's frame
Painting: 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Artist frame: 19 x 15 x 1 3/8 inches (48.3 x 38.1 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
Fantasia n.6 - Contratto devozionale, 2020
Oil on wood panel, artist's frame
Painting: 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
Artist frame: 13 x 10 x 1 3/8 inches (33 x 25.4 x 3.5 cm)

Giangiacomo Rossetti
The Red Mountain, 2020
Oil on wood panel
Overall: 47 1/4 x 100 1/2 inches (120 x 255.3 cm)