The Artist is the Greatest Healer

For immediate release


November  27 – December 11, 2013

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November  27 - 5:00 - 7:30 pm


Onishi Project: 521 West 26th Street New York, NY 10001

t. 212.695.8035

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.        

Fiorenza Bertelli - Amy Cohen Banker - Susi Lamarca -  Darko Malenica - Tina Parotti

Silva Pisani - Josefina Temin - Enzo Trapani - Michela Valenti - Yonca Yucemen


Curated By Stefania Carrozzini

Onishi Project is pleased to announce a group exhibition entitled “The Artist is the Greatest Healer” curated by Stefania Carrozzini, a Milan based independent curator. The exhibition is composed of 23 artworks, by 10 international artists: Fiorenza Bertelli, Amy Cohen Banker Susi Lamarca, Darko Malenica, Tina Parotti, Silva Pisani, Josefina Temin, Enzo Trapani, Michela Valenti, Yonca Yucemen

In creating this exhibition the curator  Stefania Carrozzini was inspired by a phrase of Joseph Beuys. “The artist is the greatest healer”. “For the German artist is a shaman artist, endlessly searching a deep harmony within himself, his fellow men and nature, man is the keeper of an energy able to modify the world and transform the planet. The fundamental engine for such a process is creativity. “The artist is the greatest healer”, that is, the more artists approach the creative processes as to the very essence of life the more they take part in universal harmony. To heal means to return to an original state of harmony, putting together fragments of oneself, confronting one's demons, passing from the diabolical (that which divides) to the symbolical (that which unites). Think only of the Caduceus, the symbol of medicine which represents two snakes entwined around an axis and which indicates the power to reconcile opposites thus creating harmony between diverse elements. In the same way artistic knowledge shares with scientific knowledge the desire for knowledge and truth. Art is a transcendent and cathartic means which purifies the shadowy areas of mankind and illuminates their existence. It is a thaumaturgic force in the broadest meaning of the term, like a state of mind which sustains and directs the act of taking care of oneself and others. It is something different compared to the working of the mind, to the “thinking” of everyday, and in this lies the therapeutic function…”

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