Abstract Critical

In Astratto: Abstraction in Italy 1930-1980

 

“Art cannot be anything other than invention. [...] We
must decide once and for all. [...] Creating, i.e., making
an art of ideas and concepts. [...] Freed from its
chains, art can now rise to the highest abstractions.”

C. Belli, Presentazione di Soldati, in “Bollettino della Galleria del Milione”, November, 1933

On show until the 9 September at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is the exhibition In Astratto: Abstraction in Italy 1930-1980. The exhibition is formed from the three main museums devoted to contemporary art in Liguria, a region in Italy’s north-west, whose capital is Genoa: the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce in Genoa, the Centro d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (CAMeC) in La Spezia and Palazzo Gavotti – Fondazione Museo di Arte Contemporanea Milena Milani in memoria di Carlo Cardazzo in Savona. Below are a series of images of works in the exhibition.

Osvaldo Licini, (1894-1958), Ritmo, 1932, oil on canvas, 21 x 29 cm, Genoa, Museo d’arte contemporanea di Villa Croce

Mario Radice, (1898 -1987), Composition in Orange, 1938, oil on panel, 58.5 x 73.5 cm, Genoa, Museo d’arte contemporanea di Villa Croce

Enrico Prampolini (1894 –1956), Anatomie concrete A, 1951, mixed media on masonite, 80 x 99 cm, La Spezia, CAMeC - Centro d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Collection Raccolta Premio del Golfo

Giuseppe Capogrossi, (1900-1972), Superficie 209, 1957, oil on canvas, 143 x 198 cm, Savona, Palazzo Gavotti - Fondazione Museo di Arte Contemporanea Milena Milani, in memory of Carlo Cardazzo

Emilio Scanavino, (1922 –1986), Scudo lunare, 1962, oil on canvas, diameter 90 cm, Savona, Palazzo Gavotti - Fondazione Museo di Arte Contemporanea Milena Milani, in memory of Carlo Cardazzo

Agostino Bonalumi, (b. 1935), Bianco, 1967, extroflexed canvas and vinyl tempera painting 70 x 70 cm, Genoa, Museo d’arte contemporanea di Villa Croce

Gianni Colombo (1930-1993) Elastic Space, Two White Lines, 1976 Wood, nails, elastic on wood Genova, Museo d’arte contemporanea di Villa Croce

  1. Peter Stott said…

    Great Prampolini painting, the concrete utterly resolved vision, if you can access it. “Believe in the architectonic immaterial vision, trust the geometry”…

  2. trevor richard wells said…

    wow! Osvaldo Licini’s Ritmo (Rhythm) – 1932! – looks as if it has left a Bushwick studio.