NEW YORK – NY Innovative Swiss art services company, Minerva Fine Art SA|Geneva, is presenting the first New York exhibition in five years for Italian artist Antonio Natale. Known for his use of out-of-circulation banknotes as the inspiration and physical medium for his art, the show titled “Bankable Art” explores Natale’s use of paper money from around the world for art that regenerates, renovates, restores and strengthens its value and function as a tool of communication. The exhibit will be displayed from October 4 – 18, 2012 at Banc of Manhattan, LLC, with an opening night event featuring the artist on Thursday, October 4th from 6:00pm – 11:00 pm.
Cleverly utilizing a bank as a venue for the show, Rebecca Rossel of Minerva Fine Art SA|Geneva has selected 30 works that embody Natale’s vision of “counter-value” art, which brings these banknotes to life to tell a new story through the imagination. The use of these notes for something other than the exchange of goods and services is quite timely given that many in our society are rethinking their relationship with money and how it is distributed.
Based in Italy and Switzerland, Natale has a background in advertising, engraving, press illustration and interior design, which he uses to inform his art. His works have been featured around the world, with his last New York solo show in 2007 when he was chosen by the Artistic Commission of the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo of New York for a presentation.