60 х 44 in. cm.
This 1985 acrylic on paper work, ‘Untitled 2’, provides a two dimensional manifestation of Italo Scanga’s varied influences, which often appeared in his multi-media assemblages. For his three dimensional works, Scagna included objects and materials that ranged from found seashells to abandoned musical instruments and kitsch ornaments, which he accumulated in bright, narrative compositions that reflected his Cubist and folk art influences. Here, Scanga signifies those characteristic materials and influences – from the music notes, Cubist patterns, and the sculptural figure – with an acrylic representation of them.
Known for his free-standing, painted assemblages that incorporated found materials and discarded objects, Italo Scanga (1932-2001) brought elements of Cubism and folk art together in his reworked narratives of cultural and religious myths. Born in Italy, Scanga immigrated to the United States with his family after World War II. After studying at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, MI, he earned his BA in 1960 and MA in 1961 from Michigan State University, where he took interest in both sculpture and photography. Since winning First Prize in Sculpture at the National Art Exhibition, New Bedford, MA, in 1965, Scanga received numerous awards and honors, including two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973, 1980) and the 1995 Chancellor’s Award from UCSD, La Jolla, CA. His work has been featured in major museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the world, including solo shows at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1972); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (1983); Yamaki Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan (1997); and Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA (2006).
Selected Public Collections:
Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN