Enrico Castellani (Italian, b.1930) is a painter associated with Movimento Arte Nucleare, and is best known for his “paintings of light.” He studied painting and sculpture at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure in Belgium. Upon his return to Italy, he became associated with avant-garde artists Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, and Yves Klein. Castellani was greatly influenced by the German art group ZERO, formed by artists Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker. Together with Manzoni, Castellani opened the Galleria Azimut in Milan and launched the Azimut and Il Gesto journals. Each work in his series Superficie Nera (1959) was made with a nail gun, in order to make a relief surface with protrusions and depressions that creates a visual effect of light and shadow. These monochrome works exemplified the Movimento Arte Nucleare, which sought to make works of art that did not mimic other objects, but instead revealed and called attention to their own materials and structure. In 2010, Enrico Castellani won the Praemium Imperiale award. His work is held in several collections, including the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, the Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin, and the Walker Art Center in Minnesota.

Exhibitions

2011
Enrico Castellani - Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York City, NY
2011
Enrico Castellani - Haunch of Venison - New York, New York City, NY
2009
Enrico Castellani, curated by Adachiara Zevi, Haunch of Venison, New York (NY, USA), May 8-June 27; exhibition catalogue text by Adachiara Zevi (solo)
2006
Risonanzeƒq1. Enrico Castellani & Uto Ughi, curated by Marcello Smarrelli, Spazio Risonanze, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma, December 2-January 12; exhibition catalogue text by Marcello Smarrelli (solo)
2006
Enrico Castellani, Galleria Lia Rumma, Napoli, May 24-July (solo)
2006
Enrico Castellani, curated by Getulio Alviani, Mùzeum Milano Dobesa, Bratislava (SLK), April 11-September 30 (solo)
2005
Enrico Castellani. Variazioni sul metodo, curated by Bruno Corà, Museo Pushkin delle Belle Arti, Mockba (RUS), December 2-January 15; exhibition catalogue texts by Bruno Corà and Gillo Dorfles (solo)
2004
Enrico Castellani, Galerie Di Meo, Paris (F), October 14-November 27 (solo)
2003
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels
2002
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels (solo)
2002
Enrico Castellani, Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussel (B), November 28-January 18 (solo)
2002
La visione del pensiero, Borromini Arte Contemporanea, Ozzano Monferrato (AL), October 19-November 29; exhibition catalogue text by Elena Pontiggia (solo)
2002
Enrico Castellani. Opus Incertum, Galleria Franca Mancini, Pesaro, opening August 10; exhibition catalogue texts by Bruno Cagli, Enrico Castellani and Paolo Fabbri (solo)
2002
Enrico Castellani, curated by Germano Celant, Kettle¡¦s Yard, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (GB), Maj 4-June 23 (solo)
2001
Enrico Castellani, Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo, September 29-November 17; exhibition catalogue texts by Silvia Evangelisti and Annamaria Maggi (solo)
2001
Enrico Castellani, curated by Germano Celant, Fondazione Prada, Milano, April 26- June 14; exhibition catalogue texts by Germano Celant, Bruno Corà, Marco Meneguzzo, Anty Pansera, Maria Teresa Roberto, Angela Vettese and Adachiara Zevi (solo)
1999
Enrico Castellani, curated by Vittoria Coen, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, March 16-May 16; exhibition catalogue text by Vittoria Coen (solo)
1999
Enrico Castellani, Galleria Lia Rumma, Milano, February 26-March 30 (solo)
1997
Enrico Castellani. Superfici, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim (D), Maj 3-June 14 (solo)
1996
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels (solo)
1996
Castellani, curated by Bruno Corà, Palazzo Fabroni. Arti Visive Contemporanee, Pistoia, June 8-August 11; exhibition catalogue texts by Bruno Corà, Chiara d’Afflitto, Adriano Sofri and Adachiara Zevi (solo)
1994
Enrico Castellani. Il minimo passaggio, la minima variazione, curated by Massimo Carboni, Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea. Università degli Studi La Sapienza, Roma, March 17-April 15; exhibition catalogue texts by Massimo Carboni and Enrico Castellani (solo)
1993
Enrico Castellani. Carte ’92. Spartito ’69. Asse di equilibrio ’73, Galleria Erha, Milano, December 10-January 30 (solo)
1993
Enrico Castellani, Galerie Artline, Den Haag (NL), August 29-September 25(solo)
1991
Enrico Castellani, Galerie Di Meo, Paris (F), October-November (solo)
1991
Enrico Castellani, Galleria Netta Vespignani, Roma, February-March; exhibition catalogue texts by Gillo Dorfles and Adachiara Zevi (solo)
1991
Enrico Castellani, Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo (J), November 11-29; exhibition catalogue text by Iseki Masaaki (solo)
1991
Enrico Castellani, Lorenzelli Arte, Milano, opening November 21; exhibition catalogue texts by Gillo Dorfles, Walter Guadagnini and Adachiara Zevi (solo)
1990
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels (solo)
1989
Enrico Castellani. Sette vele per la Commenda di Sant’Eufrosino, Chiesa della Commenda di Sant’Eufrosino, Castello di Volpaia, Radda in Chianti (SI); exhibition catalogue text by Adriano Sofri (published in 1997) (solo)
1989
Enrico Castellani, Valente Arte Contemporanea, Finale Ligure (SV), June-July; exhibition catalogue text by Elena Pontiggia (solo)