THE SALON: ART + DESIGN 2013
Superficie argento, 1968
Galleria La Nuova Città, Brescia
Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Participio Presente, 1973
London, Robilant + Voena, Bonalumi: All The Shapes Of Space 1958-1976, 4th October - 15th November 2013
As is often referenced in the literature on Castellani (most recently: The catalogues of the exhibitions at the Fondazione Prada, Enrico Castellani 1958 – 1970, Milan 2001 and at the Galleria Tornabuoni in Paris, 2011) the artist began his career in Milan, which was, throughout the late Fifties, a city dominated by the work and artistic personality of Lucio Fontana who, together with Burri, re-invented painting by essentially destroying it. Castellani entered the scene slightly later along with Manzoni. The two were close friends and together founded the seminal Azimut magazine. Fontana was a strong influence on both their work but in different ways; where Castellani stayed within the medium of paint, Manzoni tended to escape from painting, preferring an experimentation whose main subject was the body.
It is important to note that whilst Fontana’s canvases are always an opened up, broken surface, Castellani’s works show an intact yet modeled surface. In the same way Fontana’s work may be read as the consequence of a gesture while Castellani’s presume an elaborate project and a very careful construction.
The present work, which is dated 1968, represents the apex of a series of works that Castellani made during the Sixties, all of which have very regular compositions and are always either square or rectangular. The colour silver is quite rare in his oeuvre and as such is very sought after by collectors.
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