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Olivo Barbieri

° 1954, Modena (IT) – lives and works in Modena (IT)

The Italian photographer Olivo Barbieri, who has been working for years with the effects of artificial light on urban and rural landscapes, photographed more than forty towns and cities between 2003 and 2013. Using long exposures for his pictures of cities ranging from Europe to the Far East, his photographs often resemble paintings. As viewers we automatically take the viewpoint of a figure whose back is turned to us - recalling Caspar David Friedrich’s famous Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (Wanderer above a sea of fog) - and gaze out over a nocturnal, brightly lit, “glowing” city. Lush colors and strong contrasts make these seemingly deserted worlds look surreal and extremely artificial.

(Courtesy of Hantje Cantz)

Olivo Barbieri has had numerous solo exhibitions at venues such Museum MAXXI, Rome; SF MoMA, San Francisco; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; and MOCA, Cleveland. Group shows include Centre Pompidou, Paris; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art; the International Center of Photography, New York; and Tate London. He has also participated in five Venice Biennales (1993, 1995, 1997, 2011 and 2013); the Prague Biennial; and the Seville Biennial.


Olivo Barbieri is represented by the following galleries;
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Ronchini Gallery, London  

Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia  

Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York