Carla Accardi
Italian, 1924-2014
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Liminal Focus,
Barbara Mathes Gallery
Carla Accardi and Katinka Bock / Dimenticare, mettersi in salvo,
Galerie Greta Meert
Christmas Sparkle,
Elisabetta Cipriani

Carla Accardi rose to fame as founding member of the 1947 Italian avant-garde movement Forma 1, a group of artists based in Rome who, in the face of Fascism, embraced the principals of Futurism and Marxism. As one of the key figures of abstract art in Italy during the time, Accardi developed an iconic visual lexicon of calligraphic marks that, when combined with her minimalist color palette and dynamic compositions, showcased the endless possibilities of abstraction. In the 1960s, Accardi began painting on Sicofoil, a transparent plastic sheeting used in commercial packaging, instead of canvas. The dynamism in Accardi’s work, as well as her emphasis on non-art materials and simple processes and structures, became a precursor to Arte Povera.

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