A Contemporary in the Modern
24th August - 5th September 2018
Curated by Norbert Francis Attard
Text by Paul Sant Cassia
In collaboration with the Gabriel Caruana Foundation
Contributors who loaned works by Gabriel Caruana:
GABRIEL CARUANA FOUNDATION
NORBERT FRANCIS ATTARD
ALFRED & LINA CARUANA
Gabriel Caruana was born in 1929. Gabriel was known as the founder of The Mill, a foundation dedicated to promote modern and contemporary artists in Malta and Gozo, while having an extensive career locally and internationally.
Many are familiar with Gabriel Caruana as one of the pioneers of Modern Art on the island, with a reputation as one of the most accomplished local artists, working mainly in ceramics.
The tribute to Caruana at Valletta Contemporary aims to bring out the contemporary qualities within Caruana’s Modernism. The selected works will highlight new perspectives onto work that he is not traditionally recognised for.
Gabriel Caruana incorporated many different methods in painting, sculpture and ceramics, such as painting on objects, sighting specific locations for his sculptures and the subtle traces of found materials in his ceramics. Also using ready-made objects and incorporating a multitude of different materials such as fiberglass, concrete, papier-mache, wood, cable wheels, car tyres – elements that organically bridges modernism to contemporary art.
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