October 12 – November 30, 2016
Paolo Colombo's new body of work consists of watercolors and photographs. Although they are distinct series, his colorful and subtle paintings offer a foil for his photographs and the artist’s narratives. With diligent refinement, his linear watercolors open a conversation with the subject of his photographic work.
He has a compulsion for assembling discreet and invaluable items that carry a memory and tell a story of their own. Things that are inexpensive or found on a shore have a rare evocative capacity that is later translated by his time-consuming and organized paintbrush techniques.
Paolo Colombo’s work has been widely received and included in numerous solo and group shows. He was the first European artist to show in P.S.1 (in the broom closet in 1977). Since 1986, Colombo has worked as a curator. He currently is the Art Advisor for the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and previously served as the curator of the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome, as well as the Istanbul Biennial (1999). He was also the Director of the Centre d'art contemporain in Geneva from 1989 to 2000.
He was Associate Producer of a number of award-winning features, including “The Edge of Heaven” (Cannes 2008) and “Soul Kitchen” (Venice 2009) by Fatih Akin.
From 1985 to 2007 he suspended his public artistic practice. His first show since was held at Qbox in 2014. Qbox has represented him since 2012.