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Enrico Castellani, Superficie Argento
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TITLE:  Superficie Argento
ARTIST:  Enrico Castellani (Italian, b.1930)
WORK DATE:  1973
CATEGORY:  Paintings
MATERIALS:  Acrylic on shaped canvas
MARKINGS:  Signed and dated on the stretcher: Enrico Castellani – Superficie opaline - 1973
SIZE:  h: 120 x w: 150 cm / h: 47.2 x w: 59.1 in
STYLE:  Contemporary
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Robilant & Voena  +44 (0)20 7409 1540  Send Email

Enrico Castellani is surely Lucio Fontana’s ultimate heir, having witnessed firsthand the world of the master ever since he started his own great adventure with shaped canvases in 1959. In fact, Castellani's protruding canvasses originate directly from Fontana’s intuition of going beyond the traditional surface of the painting. Castellani instead proposes a two dimensional surface which is ‘just about’ to become three dimensional: a painting 'emerging out' of a painting, engendered by the transformation taking place when the colour meets the light, radically altering the perception of the surface and thereby 'creating' it. Due to the reduced chromatic range adopted by the artist during the second half of the Sixties, the silver surface of Superficie argento exhibited here is amongst the rarest and most sought after works by the artist. The choice of metallic silver, in fact, further distances it from the usual perception of a painting, though without abandoning it all together.

PROVENANCE:  Galleria Peccolo, Livorno
Galleria Cesarea, Genoa
Galleria dell’Ariete, Milan
LITERATURE:  L’archivio Castellani, n. 73-006; archival note: ‘Nata come superficie opaline’ (originally entitled ‘Superficie Opaline’)
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