FRANCESCO SIMETI

Stones and Tanks Ware, 2008
Ceramic, set of 7
Ø 32 cm
Plusdesign Editions 2008

Ed. of 10 + 1 AP

€ 3.500 + VAT

Seven images of clashes between Palestinian boys and Israeli tanks become a dinner service. The work is a reprise of the stylistics and the tradition of presenting narratives on social themes found in the Delft school of ceramics, applying them to a contemporary question hidden inside a historic falsehood.

Francesco Simeti (1968, Palermo, Italy) is a visual artist based in New York whose distinctive trademark is a personal challenge to decoration. With his landscape patterns Simeti’s research is concerned with undermining the ornamental as a source of esthetic pleasure by introducing crucial issues of society. Involved in a number of public art projects mainly in the United States – for example, a New York City subway station in Brooklyn – his wallpapers and sculptures form part of important museum collections, including the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of Design (New York), the Victorian & Albert (London) and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He is represented by Francesca Minini, Milan.