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biography

Simone Forti was born in Florence (Italy) in 1935. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Forti has been a leading figure in the development of contemporary performance over the last fifty years. Artist, choreographer, dancer, writer, Forti has dedicated herself to the research of a kinesthetic awareness, always engaging with experimentation and improvisation. Investigating the relationship between object and body, through animal studies, news animations and land portraits, she reconfigured the concept of performance and dance. Forti emigrated from Italy with her family via Switzerland to Los Angeles in 1938, where she subsequently studied for four years with coreographer Anna Halprin and has since spent most of her life. She joined the experimental downtown art scene in New York during the emergence of performance art, process-based work and Minimal Art and spent a fruitful time in Rome in the late ‘60s, where she used the spaces of L’Attico to study and perform. Her work is seen as a precursor of the famous Judson Dance Theater – a group of artists experimenting with dance, including Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer – and Minimal Art, although she prefers to be referred simply as a “movement artist".

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Simone Forti was born in Florence (Italy) in 1935. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Forti has been a leading figure in the development of contemporary performance over the last fifty years. Artist, choreographer, dancer, writer, Forti has dedicated herself to the research of a kinesthetic awareness, always engaging with experimentation and improvisation. Investigating the relationship between object and body, through animal studies, news animations and land portraits, she reconfigured the concept of performance and dance. Forti emigrated from Italy with her family via Switzerland to Los Angeles in 1938, where she subsequently studied for four years with coreographer Anna Halprin and has since spent most of her life. She joined the experimental downtown art scene in New York during the emergence of performance art, process-based work and Minimal Art and spent a fruitful time in Rome in the late ‘60s, where she used the spaces of L’Attico to study and perform. Her work is seen as a precursor of the famous Judson Dance Theater – a group of artists experimenting with dance, including Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer – and Minimal Art, although she prefers to be referred simply as a “movement artist".

Forti has worked with artists like Dan Graham and Robert Whitman and composers like Charlemagne Palestine, Peter Van Riper, and La Monte Young. In the past few years younger artists have reached out to collaborate with her, further indication of the great significance of Simone Forti's work for artists today.

Forti's selected exhibitions and performances include: MOCA, Los Angeles (2020); Centro Pecci, Prato (2020); ICA Milano, Milan (2019); Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel (2019); Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2018, 2014, 2013, 2009, 1979, 1978); Kunsthaus Zurich (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015 and 2013); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); Louvre Museum, Paris (2014); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2013); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2011); Hayward Gallery, London (2010); Galleria L’Attico, Rome (2008, 1972,1969, 1968); Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2004); Musée d'art moderne et contemporain (MAMCO) Genève, (2003); Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (2002); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2001); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (1999); Fundacao Serralves Museum, Porto (1999); P.S.1, New York (1983, 1977 and 1976); Kunsthalle, Basel (1979); Sonnabend Gallery, New York (1978 and 1974); San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco (1977); Yoko Ono Studio, New York (1969 and 1961); Merce Cunningham Studio, New York (1961).

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images

Video

A Free Consultation, 2016

HD video

17' 35"

Zuma News, 2014

Video

12' 37"

Flag in the Water, 2014

Video

19' 46"

News Animation: Mad Brook Farm, 1986

Video

21' 14" loop

Rubbings

Rubbings, 2015

Graphite on paper

49,5 × 41,9 × 4,4 cm framed

Rubbings, 2015

Graphite on paper

49,5 × 41,9 × 4,4 cm framed

Animal Studies

Animal Study - Gorilla, c. 1990

Set of 16 drawings

Ink on paper

25,4 × 20,3 cm, each

Animal Study - Oxen, Turkey, Ostrich, 1982

Set of 4 drawings

Ink on paper

27 × 31,2 × 3,8 cm framed, each

Illuminations

Illuminations, 1972

Set of 2 drawings

Ink on paper

27,9 × 21,6 cm, each

Illuminations, 1972

Set of 4 drawings

Vegetable ink and graphite on vellum

33 × 26,7 × 3,8 cm framed, each

Illuminations, 1972

Set of 4 drawings

Vegetable ink and graphite on vellum

33 × 26,7 × 3,8 cm framed, each

Illuminations, 1972

Set of 4 drawings

Vegetable ink and graphite on vellum

33 × 26,7 × 3,8 cm framed, each

Illuminations, 1972

Set of 4 drawings

Vegetable ink and graphite on vellum

33 × 26,7 × 3,8 cm framed, each

Largo Argentina (AKA Rome Cats)

Largo Argentina (AKA Rome Cats), 1968/2012

C-Print

35,6 × 52 cm framed

Largo Argentina (AKA Rome Cats), 1968/2012

C-Print

35,5 × 52 cm framed

Largo Argentina (AKA Rome Cats), 1968/2012

C-Print

52 × 35,5 cm framed

Largo Argentina (AKA Rome Cats), 1968/2012

C-Print

35,5 × 52 cm framed

Largo Argentina (AKA Rome Cats), 1968/2012

C-Print

52 × 35,5 cm framed

Largo Argentina (AKA Rome Cats), 1968/2012

C-Print

35,5 × 52 cm framed

Watercolor

Adventures of Red Hat, Red Hat Between Two Figures, 1966

Watercolor on paper (set of 2)

55,9 × 76,2 cm each

public exhibitions

ICA Milano

Milan

Simone Forti. Vicino al Cuore / Close to the Heart

29.11.2019 – 2.2.2020

Curated by Chiara Nuzzi and Alberto Salvadori. Photo: Filippo Armellin

ICA Milano

Milan

Simone Forti. Vicino al Cuore / Close to the Heart

29.11.2019 – 2.2.2020

Curated by Chiara Nuzzi and Alberto Salvadori. Photo: Filippo Armellin

Kunsthaus Baselland

Basel

Simone Forti

17.5 – 7.7.2019

Photo: Gina Folly

Kunsthaus Baselland

Basel

Simone Forti

17.5 – 7.7.2019

Photo: Gina Folly

Kunsthaus Baselland

Basel

Simone Forti

17.5 – 7.7.2019

Photo: Gina Folly

Walker Art Centre

Minneapolis

The Body Electric

30.3 – 21.7.2019

Photo: Bobby Rogers. Courtesy: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

The Museum of Modern Art

New York

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done

16.9.2018 – 3.2.2019

Simone Forti. Slant Board. 1961. Performance with plywood and rope. Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers, from left: Laura Pfeffer, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Samuel Hanson. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

New York

Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 - 1972

24.5 – 16.9.2017

Photo: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

New York

Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 - 1972

24.5 – 16.9.2017

Photo: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

New York

Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 - 1972

24.5 – 16.9.2017

Photo: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

press

Intorno al corpo

ICA Milano dedica una mostra a Simone Forti Coreografa e artista visiva fuori dagli schemi

Silvia Icardi

Corriere della Sera

December 2, 2019

Simone Forti

Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 7

Francesca Pola

Artforum

January 2019

The Judson Dance Theater Comes Alive at MoMA

Russel Janzen

Frieze

October 16, 2018

Simone Forti by Tashi Wada​

Interview

Tisha Wada

Bomb

September 18, 2018

Artists at Work: Simone Forti

Bryony Gillard, Louis Hartnoll

Afterall

June 6, 2016

Simone Forti

Museum der Moderne

Sabine Weingartner

Frieze

November 14, 2014

publications

The Bear in The Mirror

Simone Forti, Roos Gortzak, Quinn Latimer

Buchhandlung Walther König

Köln

2018

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done

Ana Janevski and Thomas J. Lax

The Museum of Modern Art

New York

2018

Soft is Fast – Simone Forti in the 1960s and After

Meredith Morse

MIT Press

Cambridge, MA

2016

Simone Forti: Thinking with the Body

Edited by Sabine Breitwieser

Hirmer Verlag

Munich

2014

Danser sa vie

Edited by Christine Macel and Emma Lavigne

Centre Pompidou

Paris

2011