A special installation by ANNA GALTAROSSA, Winner of the 2010 New York Prize
Moroso Award for Contemporary Art

curated by Andrea Bruciati

On view March 4 – March 26

Patrizia Moroso, art director of her namesake firm, announces the results of the first Moroso Award for Contemporary Art.  This award was established to document, promote, and support artists working in Italy, highlighting those who represent the multiplicity of the languages of contemporary art, video, photography, painting, installations, performance and sculpture.  The three winning artists received the opportunity to do a custom art installation in three Moroso showrooms internationally.  Anna Galtarossa will have an installation in New York during the Armory Show, Martino Gamper will do Cologne for ArtCologne and Christian Frosi will be seen in London for Frieze Art Fair.

Anna Galtarossa’s installation in Moroso’s New York flagship store at 146 Greene Street will be open from March 4 through March 26th, 2011.  For her project, the showroom will become a nursery for skyscrapers and a laboratory to explore the relationship we have with our city and its buildings. “Skyscrapers, with their powerful iconic presence, manifest themselves as colossi populating our metropolitan fabric,” Anna writes. “Through their design, dynamics and the way they socially structure us, these constructions radically affect our urban landscape. Skyscrapers are contemporary monuments, mythological beings of our times, personified places endowed with magical power.  Part of my research over the past few years (“City (Anna)” 2004, “Kamchatka” 2005, and the collaborative project “Chili Moon Town” 2007, with Daniel González) has focused on the analysis of the emotional, symbolic and romantic richness that skyscrapers can possess.” Anna Galtarossa, born in Verona, 1975, lives and works in New York and in S. Pietro in Cariano near Verona.

Moroso’s space will be filled with a number of two and three-dimensional skyscrapers, enlivening the showroom with simple movements in dialogue with the furniture on display. Moroso’s Award for Contemporary Art was created in collaboration with GC.AC Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Monfalcone, Italy.  Ten contemporary art critics and curators from Italian and international foundations were asked to nominate three artists each.   The list was narrowed down to ten finalists.  From these ten, a jury consisting of David Adjaye, architect and designer; Marc Sanchez, curator and international critic; Patricia Urquiola, architect and designer; Carlo Bach, artistic director of Illy Caffe and Giulio Ridolfo, art designer selected the three artists to receive the commission.