Agostino Bonalumi, Vimercate 1935 - 2013 Milan
Acquired directly from the artist;
Private Collection until 2015
F. Bonalumi F. & M. Meneguzzo, Agostino Bonalumi. Catalogue Raisonné, Milan 2015, Vol. II p. 528, fig. 885.
“Therefore, today’s artistic object will be neither a ‘thing’ nor a ‘fetish’; rather, it will preserve aesthetic autonomy as the only justification of its survival. The artistic object will, moreover, be able to elevate itself to a higher plane, becoming an integral part of its environment and even exercising control over it. We will then be dealing with the environment-object, which will not only be an architectural reality, but also a plastic-chromatic-environmental reality”. Gillo Dorfles
Throughout his career Bonalumi always worked with monochrome canvases. Under his canvases he placed struts to reshape their surfaces, creating ridges, protrusions and undulations. He was a sculptor of the canvas, and as a result his works are full of multiple and precise contours and elevations. These “estroflessioni” (or extroflexions) such as seen in the present work, are comprised of forms that are taut and abstract, in their straining pull towards the viewer.
The relationship between colour and shadow is also a key consideration in Bonalumi’s work. Such is the case in the present work Bianco: the piece is extroverted, advancing outwards. There are points where the underlying struts recede and ridges give way to areas of varying light, imbuing the piece with curious ambivalence. His canvas rises and falls. It is a form full of suspense that traces the lines of pressure and space. Like much of his oeuvre, Bianco suggests an object hidden by the canvas, pushing against and stretching its surface. It is a subtle and entrancing interplay of shape and shadow.
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