ARTISTI PER FRESCOBALDI Prize: Artists and Jury Members of the 5th Edition Announced

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The Frescobaldi Group announces the three international artists that will compete in the 5th annual Artisti Per Frescobaldi competition and the esteemed judges who will select the final winner.

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Canadian Andrew Dadson, American Erica Mahinay, and Italian Gian Maria Tosatti were named today as the three artists invited to participate in the fifth edition of Artisti per Frescobaldi, the biennial prize for contemporary art created and directed by Tiziana Frescobaldi, Artistic Director and President of Compagnia de’ Frescobaldi, and curated by art expert Ludovico Pratesi.

The artists, all under 40, were commissioned to create artwork that would interpret the spirit, history, and terroir of CastelGiocondo, the Frescobaldi wine estate located in Montalcino, which they visited in 2019. Each artist will also create a sketch based on that artwork, which will then appear on the front label of a limited edition of Castelgiocondo Brunello 2015 magnums, the vintage dedicated to Artisti per Frescobaldi.

Also announced were the members of the jury who will select the final winner: Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo; Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery of London; and Rina Carvajal, Director and Curator of the Museum of Art and Design, Miami Dade College.

The awards ceremony will take place on September 24, 2020 in Milan.

“For this fifth edition of Artisti per Frescobaldi,” commented Tiziana Frescobaldi, Artistic Director and President of Compagnia de’ Frescobaldi, “I am most grateful to Patrizia Sandretto Re Baudengo, Ralph Rugoff, and Rina Carvajal who have agreed to jury the prize; as internationally-esteemed museum directors, they will add lustre to this prize. I am grateful as well to the three artists who accepted our invitation and who are each creating superb works of art inspired by the world of wine in general and by CastelGiocondo in particular. I could not have hoped for finer results. ”

“The artists invited to the fifth edition belong to the same generation, all born in the 1980s, but they express themselves differently,” explained Prize Curator Ludovico Pratesi. “Andrew Dadson focuses above all on photography, largely landscape-themed, while Erica Mahinay explores the relationship between the body and painting, and Gian Maria Tosatti creates incredibly-striking outdoor installations that are densely symbolic. I have no doubt that they will brilliantly succeed in interpreting the CastelGiocondo estate in an eloquent manner.”

5th edition of the Artisti per Frescobaldi Prize
Artisti per Frescobaldi showcases artists of the most recent generations, who interpret a contemporary world that is so often complex and protean. The Frescobaldi family, throughout its 800-year history of winemaking, has always shown a vivid interest and involvement in contemporary art and, in our own times, a personal commitment to the art and artists of the 21st century. The Prize thus continues the Frescobaldis’ centuries-old tradition of art patronage and at the same time opens a fresh chapter written by new figures in novel expressive languages.

In its inaugural edition in 2012, the Prize went to three Italians (Elisa Sighicelli, Giovanni Ozzola, and Ra Di Martino), then travelled to Berlin in 2014 to honour the artistic endeavours of Michael Sailstorfer, Jorinde Voigt, and Yuri Ancarani, and to the United States in 2016 to pay tribute to Eric Wesley, Mattew Brannon, and Patrizio Di Massimo. The most recent edition, in 2018, focused on Switzerland’s Sonia Kacem, Claudia Comte, and Francesco Arena.

All 12 works currently grace the walls of CastelGiocondo, set in a unique and enticing dialogue with the estate’s genius loci, a collection looking towards the future, enriching the spaces of the winecellar in a marriage between art and wine that seems stronger and more successful as it grows.

Gian Maria Tosatti. Born in Rome in 1980, Tosatti launched his professional training in the performing arts. His works have been exhibited at the Museo Villa Croce in Genoa; the Tenuta dello Scompiglio in Lucca; and the Fondazione Volume in Rome. He created two outdoor installations in U.S. government buildings that have now became permanent artworks. He lives and works in Naples, where, in addition to his artistic work, he contributes to and directs the cultural monthly, Differenza. In 2011, he organised and curated the RELOAD project.

Andrew Dadson (White Rock, Canada, 1980) lives and works in Vancouver. He has exhibited at the Galleria Franco Noero in Turin; the RaebervonStenglin in Zurich; the Seattle Art Museum; the Kunstverein in Freiburg; the Vancouver Art Gallery; the Charles H.Scott Gallery, ECIAD, in Vancouver; the Power Plant Gallery in Toronto; the Liu Haisu Museum in Shanghai; the Chisenhale Gallery in London; and at the London Biennial.

Erica Mahinay (Santa Fe, USA, 1986) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her works have been exhibited at the Lyles and King Gallery in New York; the Galleria T293, in Naples and Rome; the Ibid Gallery and the Euclid Gallery, both in Los Angeles; and at Alleyoop Projects, in New York.

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. President of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Member of the International Council and of the Friends of Contemporary Drawing at MoMA of New York, the International Council of the Tate Gallery of London, the Leadership Council of the New Museum of New York, the Advisory Committee for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and of the Cultural Council of the Cartier Art magazine. She is Honorary Member of the Monaco Project for the Arts.

Ralph Rugoff
Currently Director of the Hayward Gallery in London, Rugoff served as Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, jury member of the Illuminated River project of the Rothschild Foundation; Selection Committee member of the Tate Gallery Turner Prize; Consultation Committee member of the Kiev Biennale; President of the London Visual Arts Strategy Group; Founding Director, Curatorial Studies Program al CCA of San Francisco; and Selection Committee member of the British Council for the Great Britain pavilion at the 2010 Architecture Biennale.

Rina Carvajal
Director and Curator of the Museum of Art and Design, Miami Dade College. Following studies and a master’s degree in Art History at New York University, Carvajal served as Adjunct Curator at the Miami Art Museum and curator of the Contemporary Arts Project at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami.

The Frescobaldi family has been making wine in Tuscany for over 700 years; today, it is one of Italy’s foremost producers, and its wines rank among Italy’s finest in terms of quality and prestige. With a philosophy that marries centuries-old tradition to technological innovation, and deep respect for its environment to meticulous management of its estate vineyards, Frescobaldi enjoys worldwide esteem for the wines from its Tuscan estates: Tenuta Castiglioni, Tenuta CastelGiocondo, Tenuta Perano, Castello Nipozzano, Castello Pomino, Tenuta Ammiraglia, and Rémole.
With the Artisti per Frescobaldi project, Tiziana Frescobaldi is continuing the ancient family tradition of art patronage: beginning with the Italian Renaissance, the Frescobaldis have forged productive relationships with artists such as Brunelleschi, Donatello, Artemisia Gentileschi, and many others.

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