Salvatore Scarpitta, ‘Red Friar (Sci Ribelle)’, 1990, Phillips

Signature: With incised signature, date and numbered `1' on the underside (the edition was 6)

About Salvatore Scarpitta

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.

American, 1919-2007

Group Shows

Montrasio Arte / Km0, 
Salvatore Scarpitta • Joseph Beuys. Icon for a transit

Fair History on Artsy

Montrasio Arte / Km0 at Art Cologne 2016
Montrasio Arte / Km0 at The Armory Show 2016
Studio Guenzani at MiArt 2015
Montrasio Arte / Km0 at MiArt 2015