Salvatore Scarpitta
American, 1919-2007
High auction record
£2m, Sotheby's, 2016
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Marianne Boesky Gallery at Art Basel 2018,
Marianne Boesky Gallery
Tornabuoni Art at Art Basel 2016,
Tornabuoni Art
Salvatore Scarpitta • Joseph Beuys. Icon for a transit,
Montrasio Arte / Km0

A major figure in the avant-garde art worlds of 1950s Rome and New York, Salvatore Scarpitta produced a diverse body of work that includes three-dimensional wrapped or “bandaged” canvases and functioning racing cars that were used on a track in Pennsylvania. Scarpitta’s cars delved into recurring themes in his work: life, death, rebirth, and movement. He counted Norman Bluhm, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Frederick Kiesler, and David Smith among his cohort. His influence can be seen in the work of Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Matthew Barney, Martin Puryear, and Nancy Rubins.

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