Enrico Castellani, ‘Superficie bracelet’, 2013, Elisabetta Cipriani
Enrico Castellani, ‘Superficie bracelet’, 2013, Elisabetta Cipriani
Enrico Castellani, ‘Superficie bracelet’, 2013, Elisabetta Cipriani

Since the late 1950s Enrico Castellani’s work has been characterized by striking relief structures called Superficie (Surface). These artworks represent the artist’s separation from chromatic and figurative techniques and his investigation of the canvas as a self-expressing entity. This new phase of his artistic career is characterized by rigorous rhythm and geometric patterns within monochrome surfaces.

The same motif and exquisite elegance appear in the jewellery project that came to life in 2012/2013 in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani. By using a hammer and a chisel, Castellani has created surfaces that alternate positive and negative and establish an intriguing interplay between light and shadow. The marvellous outcome is a piece that reveals Castellani’s patient and energetic handwork combined to the outstanding aesthetic of his most famous works. The bracelets and necklaces Superficie (Surface) have been conceived in three different colours of gold: yellow, rose and white.

Signature: signed and numbered

Manufacturer: The Artist for Elisabetta Cipriani

About Enrico Castellani

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."

Italian, b. 1930, Castelmassa, Italy, based in Celleno, Italy

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Umberto Mariani & Italian Monochromes, Opera Gallery, Paris
2017
Beyond Matter, Gagosian, San Francisco
2016
Monochromaniac, Opera Gallery, New York
2015
New Skin, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut
2015
ZERO: LET US EXPLORE THE STARS, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Il Rosso e Il Nero, Galleria Tega, Milan
2017
Umberto Mariani & Italian Monochromes, Opera Gallery, Paris
2017
Beyond Matter, Gagosian, San Francisco
2016
Monochromaniac, Opera Gallery, New York
2015
New Skin, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut
2015
ZERO: LET US EXPLORE THE STARS, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2015
Italian Artists as Jewellers, Elisabetta Cipriani, London
2014
Christmas Sparkle, Elisabetta Cipriani, London
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