PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
Paolo Cotani

Paolo Cotani

born in 1940 in Rome (Italy), died in 2011

All the typical contradiction of a specific discourse about painting gather me from inside [...] PC
Far from Noe-Advantgarde and far beyond Post-Modernism, Paolo Cotani releases the matter, as if his bandages, then belts, could finally dissolve their bond with the painting and ratifying the end of a pact which inextricably ties them since 70s. A turning point in the name of a total spatiality sees an artwork that does not give up its function: like a modern bas-relief it converses with the wall imposing its rarefied sign like in the Tensioni, where two metal bars are enough to sustain the belts and to simulate an only apparent weight.
Cotani overcomes the difference between the artwork and the environment. 

Born in Rome in 1940, Paolo Cotani started his career by moving to London. From 1964 to 1970 he held courses on "Techniques and materials of the historical vanguards" at the Chelsea College of Arts and worked for various theatrical installations absorbing those cultural influences that determined his artistic research. Defined by Giorgio De Marchis as "the most English of young Roman neo-abstract painters", in 1968 Cotani had his first solo show at the Cavalry Gallery in Rome and in 1970 he was presented with David Russell at the CCAC Gallery in Oakland, California. In the early 1970s, he joined the group of artistic research on the analysis of syntactic language tools, known as the Grado Zero of Painting. Since 1971 on, Cotani has taken part to many group shows both in Italy and abroad. The meeting with the critics Giorgio Cortenova is decisive for his artistic path as well as the various trips to the US in the 1980s, which mark another moment of strong reflection on "overcoming the 70's". His friendship with Ralph Gibson, an important photographer, will turn Cotani's attention to photography, that will become a new important part of his work. The exhibition at Palazzo Ducale di Senigallia was under preparation at the time Cotani died in January 2011.

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2016
La scelta linguistica: Paolo Cotani - Lucio Pozzi, Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, Rome, IT

2015
La pittura, Erica Fiorentini Arte Contemporanea, Rome, IT

2012
La Tensione del Segno, Galleria Delloro, Rome, IT

2011
Una Retrospettiva, Palazzo Ducale di Senigallia, Senigallia, IT

Una Retrospettiva, Delloro Arte Contemporanea, Rome, IT

2009
The Russian Tea Room, Delloro, Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, IT

L’Aragosta è un mostro delicato, Galleria Lagorio, Brescia, IT

2008

Chorus Line, Galleria Il Ponte, Florence, IT

2007
Paolo Cotani. Tensioni 1971-2007, Galleria Erica Fiorentini, Rome, IT

2006
Consonanze. Paolo Cotani e un’opera di Giulio Turcato, Fondazione Zappettini, Milan, IT

2005
L’Oro e il Blu. Cotani-Zappettini, Galleria Plurima, Udine, IT

Cotani-Zappettini, Associazione Culturale Arco d’Alibert, Rome, IT
Translating Rooms. La stanza interiore, P. Cotani - G. Botta, Understudio, Rome, IT

2004
Opere 2003-2004, Galleria Mara Coccia, Rome, IT
L’immagine negata, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Cuenca, ES

2003
On Paper, Attraverso il disegno. P. Cotani-M. Rossano, Galleria A.A.M., Rome, IT

2002
Cotani-D’Alonzo, Libreria Il Museo del Louvre, Rome, IT

Paolo Cotani. Messa a fuoco, Galleria Stamperia il Bulino, Rome, IT

1998
Galleria Stamperia il Bulino, Rome, IT

1996
Shadows, Galleria Franco Riccardo, Naples, IT
Opere recenti, Galleria Plurima, Udine, IT
Convergenze, Galleria A.A.M., Rome, IT

1995
Opere recenti, Galleria Masnata, Genoa, IT

1994
Framart studio, Naples, IT
Università Politecnica, Valencia, ES
Lo stile e il suo spettro, Palazzo Racani-Arroni, Spoleto, IT

1992
Ventagli cinesi. Papier col­lè, Galleria Arco d’Alibert, Rome, IT

1990
L’Arpa Celtica, Galleria Mara Coccia, Rome, IT

La costanza della visione, Palazzo Forti, Verona, IT

1989
Galleria Spazia, Bologna, IT
Galleria Plurima, Udine, IT
Opere recenti, Centro Culturale d’Arte Bellora, Milan, IT

1988
Galleria Mara Coccia, Rome, IT

1985
Galleria Emicla, Gaeta, IT

1984
Segni Erratici (P. Cotani-Anne e Patrick Poirier), Museo Civico, Viterbo, IT

1983
L’Imagerie metereologica, Mèta Arte, Bolzano, IT

1982
Spazi virtuali e mondani, Galleria Arco D’Alibert, Rome, IT
Paolo Cotani-Ralph Gibson, Castelli Graphics, New York, US

1981
Ut pictura Architectura, Galleria A.A.M., Rome, IT

1980
Galleria Unimedia, Genoa, IT

1979
L’Arco d’Oro e il continente Analogo, Galleria Arco d’Alibert, Rome, IT

Mostra Antologica, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, IT

1978
Riguardo le nuvole, Galleria Arco d’Alibert, Roma, IT

1977

Galleria La Bertesca, Genoa, IT

1976
Galleria Spagnoli, Florence, IT
Galleria Arnesen, Copenhagen, DK
Galleria Primo Piano, Rome, IT

1975
Galleria La Bertesca, Genoa, IT
Galleria La Bertesca, Milan, IT
Galleria La Bertesca, Düsseldorf, DE

1974
Galleria La Tartaruga, Rome, IT

Galleria Studio G7, Bologna, IT

1973
Galleria Morone, Milano
Galleria Godel, Rome, IT

Galleria Ferrari, Verona, IT

1972
Galleria Primo Piano, Rome, IT

1971
Galleria 2 EFFE, Trento, IT

1970
CCAC, Oakland, US
Galleria Grafica Romero, Rome, IT

1968
Galleria Ferro di Cavallo, Rome, IT

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2016
Pittura Analitica Anni 1970s, Mazzoleni Art, London, GB
Gli anni della Pittura Analitica, Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona, IT

2015
Pittura Analitica Ieri e Oggi (I parte), Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

Pittura Analitica Ieri e Oggi (II parte), Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

2013
La linea analitica dell’arte. Pittura Analitica, Valmore Studio d’arte, Vicenza, IT

2009
Le superfici opache della Pittura Analitica, Fondazione Zappettini, Chiavari, IT

2007
Dalla Pittura Analitica 4 protagonisti: Cacciola, Cotani, Pinelli, Zappettini, Galleria D’arte 911, La Spezia, IT
L’arte e la Tartaruga, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna Vittoria Colonna, Pescara, IT

2004
Pittura ’70, Fondazione Zappettini, Chiavari, IT
Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Gallarate, IT

2000
Cartolina per Napoli, Palazzo Reale, Naples, IT

1999 
Le soglie della pittura, Francia-Italia 1968-1998, Rocca Paolina, Perugia, IT

1997
La carta, il colore, la parola, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Rome, IT

Arte astratta in Italia 60-90, Dumontkusthalle, Köln, DE

1994
I luoghi della creatività, Istituto Europeo del design, Rome, IT

1991
60-90 Trenta anni di avanguardie romane, Palazzo dei Congressi, Rome, IT

1990
Temporanea, Collezione d’arte italiana, Ambasciata d’Italia, Brasilia, BR

1989
Roma Punto Uno, Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, GB

1988
Abecedario, Galleria Il Segno, Rome, IT

1985
XI Quadriennale d’Arte, Palazzo dei Congressi, Rome, IT

1984
Artisti italiani anni ’60 e ’70, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, IT

1983
Bianco, semaforo dell’arte, Palazzetto dell’Arte, Foggia, IT

41 Presenze, Circolo Nuova ltalsider, Taranto, IT

1981
Identitèe Italienne. L’art en Italie de plus 1959, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR

1976
IX Biennale de Paris, Nice, FR

1975
Prima Biennale d’Arte Città di Imperia, Pinacoteca Civica, Imperia, IT

Analytische Malerei, Galleria La Bertesca, Düsseldorf, DE

1974
Grado Zero, Galleria La Bertesca, Milan, IT

1973
Proposte ’73, Studio d’Arte Condotti 85, Rome, IT

1972
Pittori Italiani, Sodertalje Museum, Stockholm, SE

1971
Top BoxArt, Illinois State University, Normal, US
Paolo Cotani - Bilanciere
Bilanciere
2010
Belts and steel
Cm 195 x 55 x 12
Paolo Cotani - Bilanciere
2010 - Belts and steel - Cm 195 x 55 x 12
Paolo Cotani - Bilanciere
Bilanciere
2010
Belts and steel
Cm 240 x 200 x 12
Paolo Cotani - Bilanciere
2010 - Belts and steel - Cm 240 x 200 x 12
Paolo Cotani - Fili Battuti
Fili Battuti
2009
Acrylic and pigments on canvas
Cm 115 x 225
Paolo Cotani - Fili Battuti
2009 - Acrylic and pigments on canvas - Cm 115 x 225
Paolo Cotani - Fili Battuti
Fili Battuti
2009
Acrylic and pigments on canvas
Cm 160 x 110
Paolo Cotani - Fili Battuti
2009 - Acrylic and pigments on canvas - Cm 160 x 110
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
Tensioni
2008
Belts and steel
Cm 184 x 60,5 x 9
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
2008 - Belts and steel - Cm 184 x 60,5 x 9
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
Tensioni
2008
Belts and steel
Cm 199 x 28 x 7
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
2008 - Belts and steel - Cm 199 x 28 x 7
Paolo Cotani - Torsioni
Torsioni
2007
Steel, rope and acrylic on canvassed board
Cm 140 x 45 x 4
Paolo Cotani - Torsioni
2007 - Steel, rope and acrylic on canvassed board - Cm 140 x 45 x 4
Paolo Cotani - Torsioni con macchie nere
Torsioni con macchie nere
2007
Steel, rope and acrylic on canvassed board
Cm 14 x 45 x 4
Paolo Cotani - Torsioni con macchie nere
2007 - Steel, rope and acrylic on canvassed board - Cm 14 x 45 x 4
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
Tensioni
2007
Belts and steel
Cm 250 x 131,5 x 18,5
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
2007 - Belts and steel - Cm 250 x 131,5 x 18,5
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
Tensioni
2007
Belts and steel
Cm 220 x 90 x 16
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
2007 - Belts and steel - Cm 220 x 90 x 16
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
Tensioni
2007
Belts and steel
Cm 215 x 50 x 4
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
2007 - Belts and steel - Cm 215 x 50 x 4
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
Tensioni
2007
Belts and steel
Cm 198 x 58 x 15
Paolo Cotani - Tensioni
2007 - Belts and steel - Cm 198 x 58 x 15
Paolo Cotani - Torsioni
Torsioni
2007
Steel, rope and acrylic on canvassed board
Cm 140 x 90 x 4
Paolo Cotani - Torsioni
2007 - Steel, rope and acrylic on canvassed board - Cm 140 x 90 x 4
Paolo Cotani - Bilanciere
Bilanciere
2006
Belts and steel
Cm 195 x 55 x 12
Paolo Cotani - Bilanciere
2006 - Belts and steel - Cm 195 x 55 x 12
Paolo Cotani - E non finisce qui
E non finisce qui
2005
Oil on canvas
Cm 100 x 60
Paolo Cotani - E non finisce qui
2005 - Oil on canvas - Cm 100 x 60
Paolo Cotani - E non finisce qui
E non finisce qui
2005
Oil on canvas
Cm 100 x 60
Paolo Cotani - E non finisce qui
2005 - Oil on canvas - Cm 100 x 60
Paolo Cotani - Senza titolo
Senza titolo
2005
Oil on canvas
Cm 100 x 60
Paolo Cotani - Senza titolo
2005 - Oil on canvas - Cm 100 x 60
Paolo Cotani - Senza titolo
Senza titolo
1994
Pigmented molten vax on canvas
Cm 82 x 62
Paolo Cotani - Senza titolo
1994 - Pigmented molten vax on canvas - Cm 82 x 62
Paolo Cotani - A lenta percezione
A lenta percezione
1972
Acrylic on canvas
Cm 200 x 170
Paolo Cotani - A lenta percezione
1972 - Acrylic on canvas - Cm 200 x 170