The artist who in the 1990s worked for weeks inside the Basilica of San Francesco to photograph Piero della Francesca’s frescoes during the restoration work returns to Arezzo, right next to the Basilica of San Francesco. The exhibition of images set up in Arezzo is a collection of photographs resulting from the Turkish-born artist’s wanderings around Italy. The large photos in the exhibition are in colour and show Tatge’s work with this technique, whereas the artist has usually worked with black and white.
George Tatge was born in Istanbul in 1951 to an Italian mother and an American father. He spent his adolescence between Europe and the Middle East before moving to the United States. With a degree in English literature, he began to study photography with Hungarian Michael Simon. He moved to Italy in 1973, working first in Rome as a journalist and then in Todi, where he chose to live for twelve years, writing for Art Forum and others, and pursuing his photographic research. His first exhibition in Italy was at the Galleria Il Diaframma in Milan in 1973. His first book, Perugia terra vecchia terra nuova, came out in 1981. Since then he has presented exhibitions in America and Europe and his works are part of collections including those of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the George Eastman House in Rochester, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Centre Canadien d’ArchItecture in Montreal, the Helmut Gernsheim Collection in Mannheim and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. From 1986 to 2003 he was technical-photographic manager at Fratelli Alinari in Florence. His most important exhibitions include: The American Academy in Rome in 1981 (solo), MASP in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1988 (solo), the Venice Biennale in 1995, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice in 2005, the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim in 2003, The George Eastman House in Rochester in 2004, and MAXXI in Rome in 2007. His solo exhibition “Presenze-Paesaggi italiani” opened at Villa Bardini in Florence in 2008 and travelled to five other cities. In 2010 he was awarded the Friuli Venezia Giulia Prize for Photography. He was among the 35 foreign photographers chosen for the exhibition on Italy at Palazzo della Ragione in Milan in 2015, entitled “Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Others”. His exhibition Italia metafisica, opened in Florence in 2015 before touring Italy. The catalogue, published by Contrasto, won an IPA award from the Lucie Foundation in N.Y. in 2015 and the 2016 Ernest Hemingway Award in Lignano Sabbiadoro. In 2019 he had two major solo exhibitions, Luci di Livorno at the Museo della Città di Livorno and Il Colore del Caso, at Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia from 29 November to 15 March 2020, his first exhibitions of colour images. The majority of his images are made with a 13x18cm Deardorff view camera. He now lives in Florence.
Opening: Monday – Wednesday – Thursday and Friday: 11.00 – 18.00 Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 – 19.00