WEEKLY ART COLUMN

CARLA ACCARDI

CARLA ACCARDI

Labirinto con settori (Bianconerorosso), 1958

Casein on canvas

70 x 90 cm

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* This Artwork in currently exhibited at Carla Accardi. Contesti, Museo del Novecento, Milan.

Accardi's work is a painting of unbridled signs, a painting in search of the extreme instance between rational and irrational, between positive and negative. Her labyrinths display a sensual magnetism, cultivating a ferment that tends toward an agglomeration of materials and colours-limitless, structural, and environmental'. 

- G. Celant

Born in 1924 in Trapani, Carla Accardi trained as a painter at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence before moving to Rome in 1946. 


Accardi was a founding member of the 1947 Italian avant-garde movement Forma 1, together with artists such as Pietro Consagra, Piero Dorazio, Mino Guerrini, Achille Perilli, Antonio Sanfilippo and Giulio Turcato. The group's first exhibition took place in Rome in 1947, and Accardi's first solo show followed soon after, in 1950, at the Age d'Or Gallery, Rome. 

As one of the key figures of abstract art in Italy at the time, Carla Accardi developed an iconic visual lexicon of calligraphic signs that, when combined with his minimalist colour palette and dynamic compositions, showed the infinite possibilities of abstraction.

In the 1960s, Accardi began painting on Sicofoil, a transparent plastic sheet used in commercial packaging instead of canvas. The dynamism in Accardi's work and his emphasis on non-artistic materials and simple processes and structures became a precursor of Arte Povera.

In 1976 she participated in the Venice Biennale celebrated in the Environment/Art section.  Accardi's first solo exhibition in the United States, Triplice Tenda, was held at the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1), New York (2001), and the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris presented a retrospective (2002). Accardi was appointed at Accademia di Brera in Milan in 1996 and received the Cavaliere di Gran Croce the following year. 

The Artist died on 23 February 2014 in Rome.