Carla Accardi Italian, 1924-2014


Carla Accardi, one of the key figures of the abstract art movement in Italy during the second half of the twentieth century, was described by the esteemed New York Times art critic Roberta Smith as an "art star on the order of Agnes Martin in Italy." In the 1980's Accardi shifted her focus away from innovative clear plastics and back to canvas, employing signs (fictional abstracted calligraphic marks repeated to convey multiple dualities) and chromatic juxtapositions. In this decade her palette range expanded and intensified. The combination of these colorful surfaces and the endless array of abstract images result in dynamic pictorializations as evidenced in our example with its grill-like patterns and figure/ground reversals. Although Accardi's works have been celebrated primarily in Europe, recently American audiences have come to embrace her dynamic and changing works.  


Museums and Public Collections

Guggennheim Museum, New York City
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice  
Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome 
Gallerie di Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Vicenza, Italy
Gallerie di Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Vicenza, Italy
GAM - Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin
Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento, Italy 
S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, Belgium

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