Pietro Reviglio



APRIL 6 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Gallery Hours: Weekdays from 9:30-4:30 pm

Contact (212) 854-2306

The Italian Academy

1161 Amsterdam Avenue,

New York, NY 10027



Cinematography. Doubt. Folly. Rationality and irrationality merging across the background of

the New York metropolitan area.

Cinematography of Urban Madness is a project of artistic contamination and synthesis between

cinematographic and photographic narrative. Focusing his attention on the image seen as a film

still, Italian artist Pietro Reviglio recreates fragments of an imaginary screenplay revolving

around the figure of an artist and his studio, a New York interior in which alienation intertwines

with folly and tension gives way to violence.

The project combines elements of photography, video and writing, to unveil the dark side of the

artistic practice, its places, subjects and objects, mixing cinematographic fiction with

autobiographical material. Through contrasting narrative and image, and eliminating all cause

and effect relations, Reviglio recreates the scrambled structure of distorted thought, investigating

the very process of visual narrative and challenging its canons.

The video Cinematography of Urban Madness may be previewed at

Reviglio’s book, Cinematography of Urban Madness, is available for viewing and purchase (this

is the53rd title of the disegnodiverso series curated by noted art editor Paola Gribaudo).


“A riveting new book, Pietro Reviglio’s Cinematography of Urban Madness questions the nature of real and imagined cinematic narratives in a visually stunning manner. The harsh lighting of an artist studio sets the tone for this short enigmatic work wherein autobiography meets fiction with violent overtones.” Jason Stupa,

NY Arts Magazine, Fall 2010

Born in Turin, Italy in 1976, Pietro Reviglio has exhibited in the United States, Italy, Japan and

the United Kingdom. He studied at the Art Students League and received his PhD in

Astrophysics at Columbia University. Applying a scientific approach to the analysis of visual

elements and using physics as a pictorial medium, his work experiments with the physical

process of image formation and perception, visual narrative and the kinematics of images,

exploring the borderline between the rational and the irrational, the conceptual and the physical,

and the mathematically predictable and the stochastic.


To view the exhibition, please call (212) 854-2306 to make an appointment.

The Italian Academy is located at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue between 116th and 118th Streets,

NY, NY 10027


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