Enrico Castellani

Italian, 1930–2017

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Enrico Castellani

Italian, 1930–2017

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Enrico Castellani was part of an Italian movement that developed in the 1960s with the aim to develop a new type of elementary visual language. With the help of his mentor Lucio Fontana, Castellani started the exhibition space and journal (of the same name) Azimuth, co-founded with Piero Manzoni in 1960, which was dedicated to the "development of the newest and youngest avant-garde painting," and featured works by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Heinz Mack, Jean Tinguely, and Yves Klein. Castellani is known for his relief paintings, starting with two-dimensional works formed by fastening canvas over protruding nails to allow for variations in positive and negative space, light, and shade. This idea later evolved into shaped canvases, diptychs, and triptychs in a range of colors, though white predominated. Castellani's work was shown in the influential 1965 MoMA show "The Responsive Eye."

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Biography

Enrico Castellani was part of an Italian movement that developed in the 1960s with the aim to develop a new type of elementary visual language. With the help of his mentor Lucio Fontana, Castellani started the exhibition space and journal (of the same name) Azimuth, co-founded with Piero Manzoni in 1960, which was dedicated to the "development of the newest and youngest avant-garde painting," and featured works by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Heinz Mack, Jean Tinguely, and Yves Klein. Castellani is known for his relief paintings, starting with two-dimensional works formed by fastening canvas over protruding nails to allow for variations in positive and negative space, light, and shade. This idea later evolved into shaped canvases, diptychs, and triptychs in a range of colors, though white predominated. Castellani's work was shown in the influential 1965 MoMA show "The Responsive Eye."

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£4m, Sotheby's, 2014
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Enrico Castellani
Articles Featuring Enrico Castellani
Different Repetitions Over Five Decades: The Relief Paintings of a Masterful Italian Artist
Oct 28th, 2015
The Italian Avant-Garde Inaugurate Almine Rech’s New London Location
Jun 5th, 2014
Nicolò Cardi Opens up on Milan’s Local Art Scene
Mar 24th, 2014
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