WHEN HOLLYWOOD FELL IN LOVE WITH MODERN ITALIAN ART
22 OCTOBER 2015 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Center for Italian modern Art
A conversation with Raffaele Bedarida, CIMA 2013-14 Fellow, PhD candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY
As Italy moved from the decade of Reconstruction (1945-1955) to the Economic Miracle (1958-1963), an image of a “new Italy” emerged in the United States. Gone was the redemptive rhetoric of a destroyed and impoverished country resurfacing from the war’s rubble; what prevailed now was a modern, glamorous, and pleasing facade. Modern Italian art played a key role in reshaping Americans’ perception of Italy, and during the second half of the 1950s it enjoyed unprecedented success in this country. Nearly a dozen exhibitions of contemporary art from Italy toured the country during these years. Beyond the art world, Italian artists such as Marino Marini, Massimo Campigli, Alberto Burri, and Afro Basaldella conquered Hollywood and the fashion world, and they seduced millions of Americans through mainstream TV programs, movies, and illustrated magazines.Join us for an evening with former CIMA Fellow Raffaele Bedarida for an exploration of the emergence of a taste for modern Italian art in late 1950s America.
PHOTO :USA. Los Angeles, California. 1960. Oscar-winning director Billy WILDER likes to mix African and modern art in his home. His films include "Double Indemnity" (1943), "The Lost Weekend" (1944), "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), "Stalag 17" (1953), "Some Like It Hot" (1959), and "The Apartment" (1960).
Connaught Brown Gallery-London
13 October - 21 November 2015
The last few years has seen a dramatic rise in the appreciation of for twentieth century Italian art. Particular focus has been on the work of informal artists like Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana.
This exhibition will showcase the work of an equally important Italian artist of this era, Afro Basaldella. Known as Afro was, one of the great protagonists of Italian abstraction. He was included in the seminal show ‘Twentieth Century Italian Art’ at New York’s MoMA in 1949 and was awarded the prize for best Italian painter at the Venice Biennale in 1956. Following the Second World War Afro played a crucial role in paving the way for conceptualism and the power of gesture within contemporary art.
This significant exhibition will confirm his position as one of the forerunners of Italian Post-War abstract art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a printed catalogue, featuring essays by JJ Sweeney
Connaught Brown gallery, 2 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4HD www.connaughtbrown.co.uk
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò - NY University
Catalogue Edited by Rosemary Ramsey Stewart
April 23rd - May 29th, 2015
Curated by Isabella Del Frate Rayburn
Sponsored by Maurice Kanbar
24 West 12th StreetNew York, NY 10011
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