Aldo Tambellini

TypeMale
Artist
Associated person(s) Otto Piene
URLsArtist's page (en)
Wikipedia (en)
Institutions/museums ZKM | Center for Art and Media (de / en)


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2017BLACK MATTERSZentrum für Kunst und MedienKarlsruhe (DE)
Solo exhibition2012The Tate TanksTate ModernLondon (GB)A recreation of "Black Zero" and "Moondial"
Solo exhibition1971CineprobeMuseum of Modem Art, NYCNew York (US)
Solo exhibition1971A Special Video ShowWhitney MuseumNew York (US)


2011
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Exhibitions

New York, USA
November 2011 saw a Tambellini retrospective presented at the Chelsea Museum, New York – Black Zero (1966–1999). The retrospective included an evening performance of Black Zero and a continuous projection of Tambellini's early works.

2011
1967
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Projects

New York, USA
Together with Otto Piene he founded a second theater, the Black Gate, in which mainly electro-medical performances and installations were shown.

1967
1966
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Projects

New York, USA
Tambellini founded The Gate Theater in New York's East Village, which showed experimental films once a week. Nam June Paik and Hollywood director Brian de Palma's first films were shown in Tambellini's theater, the only avant-garde experimental theater to show independent films of the time.

1966
1965
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Projects

New York, USA
In 1965 Tambellini began to paint directly on film, a technique he pioneered, thus beginning his "Black Film Series." Shortly after, with a second-hand Bolex camera, Tambellini shot several experimental films.

1965
1962
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Projects

New York, USA
Founding member of a counter-culture group called Group Center, which worked to find creative ways to display non-mainstream work. Group Center combined poetry, photography, choreography and film-making.

1962
1946
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Education

Lucca, Italy
Studied art history and fine arts at the Liceo Artistico Musicale e Coreutico Augusto Passaglia di Lucca.

1946
1932 - 1946
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Places of residence

Lucca, Italy
Tambellini grew up in Italy and speaking Italian.

1932 - 1946
1930
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Born

Syracuse, New York, USA

1930

Today, the 87-year-old artist Aldo Tambellini is known primarily to researchers of alternative and anarchist movements for his associations with 1960s counterculture. After arriving in New York’s Lower East Side in 1959, he co-founded Group Center: an alliance of writers, artists and activists, including Ron Hahne and Ben Morea, who later launched the Situationist-inspired anarchist groups Black Mask and Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker. From 1966, Tambellini also ran the cross-genre, cross-media project spaces Gate Theatre and (with ZERO co-founder Otto Piene) the Black Gate in Manhattan’s East Village. The Gate Theatre hosted the Theatre of the Ridiculous and its late-night productions: debuts by up-and-coming directors (such as Brian De Palma and Robert Downey), underground films (by Jack Smith and the Kuchar brothers) and multimedia performances (by Yayoi Kusama and Nam June Paik). Tambellini was shown at the Italian pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, and his 1965 multimedia performance Black Zerowas revived at the 2009 edition of Performa, New York – yet it is surprising how little awareness exists of him as an artist today. ...

Tambellini’s aim in basing his pictorial experiments on the non-colour black was a conceptually motivated reduction. With a preference for spiral or circular motifs, it runs the risk of symbolic overloading, yet brings a chaos and creativity he would later extend beyond painting to intermedia formats. In the mid-1970s, through his contact with Piene, Tambellini came into contact with MIT, where from 1976 to 1984 he worked at the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies, expanding into new media, video technology and seeing his central artistic challenge in television as a communications medium. Hans-Jürgen Hafner

https://frieze.com/article/aldo-tambellini (16.10.2018)

 

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Black TV photo Black TV 1968 Aldo Tambellini 
Retracing Black photo Retracing Black 2012 Aldo Tambellini