Exhibition: Dorothy Circus Gallery – Private Collection Carnival

Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy
12th February – 20th February 2011
(NB: Private Collection Carnival is open to the public from 15th – 20th February; whilst 12th – 14th February (incl.) admission is reserved solely for collectors and accredited representatives of the press, museums and other institutions etc)

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By Guy Sangster Adams

Later this year the Dorothy Circus Gallery will celebrate its fifth birthday and it begins its anniversary year in inimitable style with a move to fantastic new premises in via dei Pettinari, deep in the beautiful and historic heart of Rome, and inaugurates the new space with Private Collection Carnival. The exhibition brings more than 50 works from the highly successful Pop Surrealism exhibition which the Dorothy Circus Gallery presented in collaboration with the Jonathan LeVine Gallery at the Museum Carandente, Spoleto, Italy, from June to October last year (to read Plectrum’s coverage of the Pop Surrealism exhibition click here).  Amongst the highly influential and innovative artists featured in Private Collection Carnival are Mark Ryden, Joe Sorren, Marion Peck, Ron English, Ray Caesar, and Colin & Sas Christian (there is a full list of the artists included in the exhibition at the foot of this article).

From the exhibition Private Collection Carnival, Joe Sorren, Portrait of Gelsomina and Romeo, image courtesy of Dorothy Circus Gallery

From the exhibition Private Collection Carnival, Joe Sorren - Portrait of Gelsomina and Romeo, image courtesy of Dorothy Circus Gallery

All of the works in the Private Collection Carnival are from the personal collection of Alexandra Mazzanti, the owner and director of Dorothy Circus Gallery. In describing the exhibition, she says, “in perfect harmony with the Surrealist roots of the 1930s, the figurative prophecies of Pop regenerate in a constant movement between the registration of the real and an immediate dreamlike reworking.” On this borderline, as she says, a new world is revealed “somewhere between reality and dream, where girls with large eyes and slender bodies hide arcane secrets and helpless and sad demons play with monsters, where everything looks like the real but transcends it, telling a new and ancient mythology.”

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From the exhibition Private Collection Carnival, Leila Ataya - Her Highness, image courtesy of Dorothy Circus Gallery

“A space on the border between New York and Wonderland,” is how K.N.Wikstrand described the Dorothy Circus Gallery when it opened in 2007, and over the last five years Alexandra Mazzanti has championed Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow art, and new figurative art tendencies, and during that time gallery has been responsible for introducing to the contemporary Italian art scene many key international artists including Joe Sorren, Ron English, Colin & Sas Christian, Jonathan Viner, Camille Rose Garcia, Alex Gross, Tara McPherson, James Jean, and Travis Louie. Mazzanti has also championed influential Italian artists such as Nicoletta Ceccoli, and has equally remained committed to “launching tomorrow’s new stars and talents”.

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From the exhibition Private Collection Carnival, Mark Ryden - Bear Girl, image courtesy of Dorothy Circus Gallery

The second incarnation of the Dorothy Circus Gallery will, as Mazzanti says, “preserve the magic of the ‘First Circus’ style”, but adding to it “a touch of luxury” not least in its white velvet dressed Art Bookshop, and will continue to transport the visitor to Wonderland.

Private Collection Carnival features works by: Mark Ryden, Joe Sorren, Marion Peck, Camille Rose Garcia Alex Gross, Ron English, Sas & Colin Christian, Kris Lewis, Ray Caesar, Jeff Soto, Travis Louie, David Stoupakis, Adam Wallacavage, Tara McPherson, Miss Van, Lola, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Esao Andrews, Scott Musgrove, Jonathan Viner, Kathie Olivas, Natalie Shau, Mijn Schatie, Michael Page, Tim McCormick, Nathan Spoor, Paul Chatem, Ken Keirns, Ahren Hertel, Leila Ataya, Aaron Jasinski, Niba.

Private Collection Carnival
runs from 12th – 20th February 2011  (NB: the exhibition  is open to the public from 15th – 20th February; whilst 12th – 14th February (incl.) admission is reserved solely for collectors and accredited representatives of the press, museums and other institutions etc)at Dorothy Circus Gallery,
via dei Pettinari 76, 00186 Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 338 9499432
www.dorothycircusgallery.com

Open:
Tuesday – Thursday 11:30 to 19:30
Friday and Saturday 15:30 to 19:30
Closed Monday and Sunday





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