Mario Schifano at the Giò Marconi Gallery

Mario Schifano at the Giò Marconi Gallery
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In 1959, Mario Schifano began creating a series of enamel works framed paper after several informal experiences. He presented them for the first time in Rome at the La Salita Gallery along with works by Giuseppe Uncini, Tano Festa, Francesco Lo Savio and Franco Angeli, and then, once again in 1961, in a personal exhibition at the Tartaruga. This nucleus of monochrome works, from between 1960 and 1962, is at the centre of the exhibition on display at the Galleria Giò Marconi in collaboration with the Archivio Mario Schifano, curated by Alberto Salvadori. The artist from Homs, somewhat earlier than the other protagonists of the Roman art scene, wants, through his monochrome works, to nullify the surface of the painting and “frame it”, also as a response to the “informal”, offering a new way to look at and execute painting. The surfaces of the paintings, intense colours without shading, industrial opaque enamels, “dripping” colours freely spread over rough surfaces, become a new space to explore, a germinating field of possibilities. And Qualcos’Altro (Something Else) is the name of this exhibition at the Giò Marconi, in reference to a work from 1960 that Schifano created when he had just turned twenty-six and a polyptych from 1962 which is among the works on display. Symbolising, perhaps, that the artist intended to paint something different than what had already been seen before. And the monochrome, rising as a clean slate, is ready to become a photographic backdrop to which the master can add details and fractions of images.
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