Michael Venezia

Michael Venezia: o.T.
Venezia, Michael: o.T., 1971, Kohleemailfarbe auf LW u. Holz, 6,5 x 308 x 2,5 cm
Venezia Michael: o.T., 1973 , Alupigmente, Email- und Acrylfarbe auf Leinwand, 239 x 239 x4 cm

Ausstellungen (Auswahl): 

1997   "Venezia", Museum Moderner Kunst Landkreis Cuxhaven, Studio a - Sammlung Konkrete Kunst,
Otterndorf, Deutschland
"Michael Venezia", Galerie Heike Curtze, Wien
"Michael Venezia: Malerei/Paintings 1970-1996", Westfälischer Kunstverein Münster 
1998 "Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Michael Venezia", Galerie Rolf Ricke, Köln
"Die Sammlung. Bestände und Perspektiven", Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
"Michael Venezia: Neue Arbeiten", Galerie Heike Curtze, Düsseldorf
1999 "Michael Venezia", Stark Gallery, New York
"Michael Venezia", Gallery Meert-Rihoux, Brüssel 
2000  "Von Edgar Degas bis Gerhard Richter, Arbeiten auf Papier aus der graphischen Sammlung des Kunstmuseum Winterthur", Katalog, Wanderausstellung: Prag, Salzburg, Münster, Nürnberg  
2001 "Fifteen years of Painting", Stark Gallery, New York
"Accrochage V", Galerie Meert-Rihoux, Brüssel
"Vielfalt Einheit", Galerie Heike Curtze in Salzburg
"Selections from the Permanent Collection", MoCA, Miami (Florida)
"Michael Venezia Paintings", Galerie Heike Curtze, Wien  
2003 "Michael Venezia", Rolf Hengesbach, Köln
"Selections from the LeWitt Collection", New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain
"Michael Venezia", Rolf Hengesbach, Wupperthal, Räume für neue Kunst
"High Five", IV Rassegna D´Arte Contemporanea, Sala Murat, Bari (kuratiert von Linda Blumberg und Marilena Bonomo" 
2004  "Michael Venezia: Recent Works", Galerie Meert-Rohoux, Brüssel
"Raumwechsel 1", Angeli, Hersberger, Tollens, Venezia, Kunstraum Alexander Burkle, Freiburg  
2005  "Eine Auswahl aus dem Galerieprogramm", im Rahmen der Salzburger Festspiele, Salzburg 
2006 "Plane/Figure", Amerikanische Kunst aus Schweizer Privatsammlungen aus dem Kunstmuseum Winterthur, kuratiert von Dr. Dieter Schwarz (Katalog)
"High Times Hard Times: New York Paintings 1967-1975, Wanderausstellung: Weatherspoon Art Museum, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro (Katalog)
"Michael Venezia: Kleine Lieder", einschl. (12) limited edition, Studio A., Otterndorf, Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Landkreis, Deutschland  
2007  "Spannungsfelder", Galerie Heike Curtze in Salzburg (Sammelausstellung)
"gestern war ... heute ist" (inkl. Badur, ...), Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf
"Short Distance to now - Paintings from New York 1967-1975", National Academy Museum, New York (Katalog) 
2008  "Michael Venezia - Recent paintings", Galerie Rolf Hengesbach, Köln 


Michael Venezia´s painting began in New York in the 1960s in the disputed areas of abstract expressionism, Pop art and Hard Edge painting. By using unusual techniques, he created surfaces which simulated film effects like speed, flickering and distortion. His colleagues at that time included his friends Dan Flavin, Sol Lewit, Robert Ryman and Donald Judd.  

After experimenting with a spray gun at the end of the 1960s, in which he became interested in the speed of the painting process, at the start of the 1970s he began a new unusual form of painting. He reduced the height of the picture to a few centimetres and extended the width of the picture to three metres and more with the result that the pictures became horizontal.

From 1981 Venezia replaced canvases with wooden lathes, on the front side of which he used the paintbrush or spatula to consciously apply the color unevenly. The upper and lower edges as well as the ends were not touched thereby emphasing the strong spatial quality of the blocks.

Using a supply blocks already available, Venezia now creates works, he arranges the blocks in rows or stacks them one on top of the other.

Michael Venezia was born in Brooklyn in 1935 and lives and works in New York and Trevi, Italy.