Massimo Bartolini’s most recent solo exhibition, Golden Square, is on view in London from May 25th through July 30th. The show is presented by Frith Street Gallery, in both its Golden Square and Soho Square locations. The eponymous exhibition is indeed in large part a meditation on the site itself, and draws heavily from the historical, artistic, and literary lore of its location. In Bartolini’s words, these works, which engage a host of various concepts and are realized across a myriad of media, constitute a kind of “memento mori” to the more than 4,000 seventeenth-century plague victims believed to have been buried in a mass grave beneath where Golden Square stands today.
Bartolini was the participant in the 2006 Olnick Spanu Art Program. More information about Conveyance, his site-specific work found on the grounds of the Olnick Spanu estate in Garrison, NY, can be found here. Golden Square is the latest of several exhibitions of Bartolini’s work at Frith Street in recent years, which include solo shows in 2008 and 2013, as well as this year’s group exhibition Tell it Slant. A short essay by the artist about the ideation of the current exhibition can be found here.