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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Study of Internal Shapes and Outward Manifestations
2015
multiscreen installation, HD, colour, sound, 10’.
Produced by: James Cohan Gallery (New York/Shanghai), ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), AS Art Consultant (Salem, MA), Atelier Impopulaire (Milan/Berlin). Slides:Internal and Animated Series (1965-69). Film: Black Film Series (1965-69). Sound: Aldo Tambellini Archive. Sheet music: Andrea Belfi and Claudio Rocchetti. Curated by: Pia Bolognesi and Giulio Bursi.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Study of Internal Shapes and Outward Manifestations
2015
multiscreen installation, HD, colour, sound, 10’.
Produced by: James Cohan Gallery (New York/Shanghai), ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), AS Art Consultant (Salem, MA), Atelier Impopulaire (Milan/Berlin). Slides:Internal and Animated Series (1965-69). Film: Black Film Series (1965-69). Sound: Aldo Tambellini Archive. Sheet music: Andrea Belfi and Claudio Rocchetti. Curated by: Pia Bolognesi and Giulio Bursi.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Study of Internal Shapes and Outward Manifestations
2015
multiscreen installation, HD, colour, sound, 10’.
Produced by: James Cohan Gallery (New York/Shanghai), ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), AS Art Consultant (Salem, MA), Atelier Impopulaire (Milan/Berlin). Slides:Internal and Animated Series (1965-69). Film: Black Film Series (1965-69). Sound: Aldo Tambellini Archive. Sheet music: Andrea Belfi and Claudio Rocchetti. Curated by: Pia Bolognesi and Giulio Bursi.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Memory Atlas,
2015
Various materials, variable dimensions.
Courtesy of Aldo Tambellini Archive and Fondazione Vodoz-Danese. 

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Memory Atlas
2015
Various materials, variable dimensions.
Courtesy of Aldo Tambellini Archive and Fondazione Vodoz-Danese. 

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Memory Atlas,
2015
Various materials, variable dimensions.
Courtesy of Aldo Tambellini Archive and Fondazione Vodoz-Danese. 

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Memory Atlas
2015
Various materials, variable dimensions
Courtesy of Aldo Tambellini Archive and Fondazione Vodoz-Danese. 

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Lumagrams
1963-1968/2013 
Hand painted slides transferred to DVD with floor projection
Dimensions variable
Runtime: Lumagrams: 4 mins 3 sec / Floor projection: 7 mins
Edition 1 of 6 

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Black Spiral (Split Screen)
1969/2013 
16mm film transferred to Blu-ray
Dimensions variable
Runtime: 9 mins 12 sec
Edition 1 of 6 

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Black Space Triptych
1965/2013 
16mm film transferred to 3-channel Blu-ray with sound
Dimensions variable
Runtime: Left: 3 mins 36 sec / Center: 3 mins 32 sec / Right: 4 mins 42 sec
Edition 2 of 6 

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
A-5, from the Black Energy Suspended Series
1989 
Acrylic on architectural paper
30 x 42 in.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
A-410, from the Black Energy Suspended Series
1989 
Acrylic on architectural paper
30 x 42 in.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
A-11, from the Black Energy Suspended Series
ca. 1989 
Graphite and acrylic on architectural paper
30 x 42 in.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
A-22, from Black Energy Suspended Series
1989
Acrylic on architectural paper
29 3/4 x 42 in. (75.6 x 106.7 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
E-7, from the Black Energy Suspended Series
1989
Acrylic on architectural paper with incisions
30 x 42 in. (76.2 x 106.7 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Black ? from Black Is Series
1989
Wax and graphite on cardboard
17 1/2 x 32 1/4 in. (44.5 x 81.9 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
B-4, from the Black Energy Suspended Series
1989
Acrylic on bleached architectural paper
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1969
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1969
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1969
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1969
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1969
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1968
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1969
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1968
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1968
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Videogram
1968
Videogram on photographic paper
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Untitled
1964
Duco, acrylic, and sand on paper
35 x 35 in. (88.9 x 88.9 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Untitled
1964
Duco, acrylic, and sand on paper
35 x 35 in.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Untitled
1964 
Duco, acrylic, and sand on paper
Diptych: 35 x 35 in. each

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Untitled
1964
Duco, acrylic, and sand on paper
35 x 35 in. (88.9 x 88.9 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
The Black Seed 4, from the Black Seed of Cosmic Creation Series
1962
Duco and sand on paper
17 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (44.5 x 44.5 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
BS-6, from the Black Space Series
ca. 1961-62
Duco and sand on paper
26 x 26 in. (66 x 66 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
The Seed 2, from the Black Seed of Cosmic Creation Series
1961 
Duco on paper
25 7/8 x 26 in.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
We Are the Primitives of a New Era, from the Manifesto Series
1961
Duco, acrylic, and pencil on paper
25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
Black 5, To Be Enveloped by Black
1961 
Duco and sand on paper
26 x 26 in.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
To Be Enveloped by Black
1961
Duco and sand on paper
23 x 23 in. (58.4 x 58.4 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
EB-2, To Be Enveloped by Black
1961 
Duco on paper
23 x 23 in.

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ALDO TAMBELLINI
The Seed 13, from the Black Seed of Cosmic Creation Series
1962
Duco and graphite on paper
25 x 19 in. (63.5 x 48.3 cm)
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ALDO TAMBELLINI
The Cell Grew into a Star, from the Manifesto Series
1961
Monoprint, duco, and pencil on paper
22 1/2 x 35 in. (57.1 x 88.9 cm)
Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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ALDO TAMBELLINI, Black Zero, installation at Tate Tanks, 2012, Photo: Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson

Aldo Tambellini is an iconoclastic artist, who was a formative figure in expanding art media in the early 1960s. He charted an independent path beginning with paintings then exploring new technologies-- hand-painting slides (Lumagrams), films, projections, and video—integrating these new media into a new art form that synthesized visual art, theater, music and dance into visceral, sensory, multimedia installations. Critics and artists recognized Tambellini as an originator of new media art, “Electromedia,” as he coined it. He performed “Electromedia” events in the streets, the churches, and in the theaters of New York generating a sensation. By the end of the decade he established his own club, “The Black Gate,” in collaboration with Otto Piene, advertised as the only club in New York City devoted to multimedia. An intermedia innovator Tambellini exerted a considerable influence on the succeeding generation of new media artists. Woody Vasulka regarded “Tambellini’s and [Nam June] Paik’s concerns in the sixties as the true and direct inspiration to our generation of ‘synthesizing artists’ ” (1992).

 

 

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ALDO TAMBELLINI, Untitled, 1964, Duco, acrylic, and sand on paper, 35 x 35 in. (88.9 x 88.9 cm)

Moving to the lower east side of Manhattan in 1959, Tambellini established a dynamic presence as an artist, activist, and curator of cultural events. By 1961 he was creating a distinctive visual vocabulary of circles and spirals and had settled on his signature color—BLACK. He endlessly regenerated his restricted vocabulary in a variety of media, establishing continuity from his paintings through his projections, videos and photography. Tambellini evolved to black circles and spirals intuitively. These were his instinctual responses to the new scientific and social reality of the postwar era. Particularly, the scientific discoveries in physics and aeronautics, revealing the existence of the atomic and galactic universes and irretrievably altering society’s worldview of humanities physical and spiritual relationship to the micro and macro cosmos. Tambellini visualizes the duality of physical reality and philosophy through the opposites of black and light, the polar forces of nature. For the artist black and light are the embodiment of nature’s force fields that energize his works of art and are the substance [foundation, essence] of his visual metaphors. “Black is the beginning. It is birth, the oneness of all, the expansion of consciousness in all directions.” “Light is energy, and the same energy which moves through us is the energy which moves through the universe. It is the same energy we have discovered in the atom.”

                                                                                         -Written by Joseph Ketner

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Aldo Tambellini: We Are The Primitives Of A New Era
Paintings and Projections 1961-1989
September 12 - October 19, 2013
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
i-Italy
“Aldo Tambellini’s Multi-Media Work at 56th Venice Biennale”
Articles / Reviews
Wavelengths
“An interview with Aldo Tambellini: going back again, forward… suspended in space, circular forms, broadcasting signals into spirals,” by Amelia Ishmael
Articles / Reviews
Osmos Magazine
"Aldo Tambellini Videograms," by Lynn Maliszewski
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Aldo Tamebllini," by Naomi Lev
Articles / Reviews
Art Experience: NYC
"We Are the Primitives of a New Era. An Interview with Aldo Tambellini (Part I)," by Ernesto Menéndez-Conde
Articles / Reviews
Art Experience: NYC
"We Are the Primitives of a New Era. An Interview with Aldo Tambellini (Part II)," by Ernesto Menéndez-Conde
Articles / Reviews
Art Experience: NYC
"We Are the Primitives of a New Era. An Interview with Aldo Tambellini (Part III)," by Ernesto Menéndez-Conde
Articles / Reviews
artcritical
“Spooky and Luscious: Aldo Tambellini at James Cohan,” by David Brody
Articles / Reviews
The Brooklyn Rail
"Aldo Tambellini: We Are the Primitives of a New Era,” by Kara L. Rooney
Articles / Reviews
Mousse
“After Effects: Art and Technology, Then and Now,” by João Ribas
Articles / Reviews
Recent Future Archive
“Aldo Tambellini at James Cohan Gallery,” by Ane Bulow
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
“Aldo Tambellini,” by Tina Rivers
Articles / Reviews
Artdaily
“Aldo Tambellini’s first New York gallery exhibition in nearly four decades opens at James Cohan Gallery,” by
Articles / Reviews
Wall Street International
"Aldo Tambellini"
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
"Social Signals," by Ina Blom
Articles / Reviews
Art: 21
"Transmission | An Interview with Aldo Tambellini: Black Zero, Avant-Garde Jazz, and the Cosmic Void," by Amelia Ishmael
News
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Museum Exhibition
la Biennale di Venezia
May 9 – November 22, 2015
Venice, Italy
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Museum Exhibition
Aldo Tambellini Presents The Black Film Series
October 18, 2013
New York
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Museum Exhibition
Aldo Tambellini: Retracing Black
October 9 - 14, 2012
London
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Museum Exhibition
Aldo Tambellini Series: Back to Black
January 6 - 8, 2012
Paris
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Museum Exhibition
Aldo Tambellini: Black Zero
October 4 - November 1, 2011
New York