The current exhibition at the Estorick Collection in North London is the first solo show of the work of Alberto Burri in Britain for many years. The above film contains a lot of fascinating information on the Estorick Collection and on the works and career of Burri. Amongst this Roberta Cremoncini, the Estorick’s Director, rejects the many and varied layers of interpretation which have built up around Burri’s work. Instead they are ‘interesting for what they are… beautiful images’. ‘Images’, as, despite the varied materials Burri used to build up his surfaces, Cremoncini maintains he always remained a painter.
Burri’s work has already been discussed on the site by John Bunker and in the comments under Robin Greenwood’s ‘What Paint Does’. The Burri film seems an excellent opportunity to return to those arguments and explore the various tensions in Burri’s work. Tensions between material and image, between image and symbol and between the creation and rejection of the illusion of space.