Carla Accardi | the artist
The artist Carla Accardi
Born 1924, Trapani, Italy.
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Carla Accardi’s groundbreaking work in the use of color, and her role as a defender of abstraction during the 1950s, puts her at the forefront of Italian art of the mid-20th century.
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Italian artist Carla Accardi’s (*1924) “Origine” was produced in 1976, when the artist dedicated an exhibition to Artemisia Gentileschi as part of the artists’ group “Rivolta feminile”. This 17th century painter became an important role model for the feminist concerns of the 1970s. In Accardi’s work, strips of transparent foil loosely attached to the wall are interspersed with several photographs from her life and that of her mother Vita Accardi. By displaying an ancestral portrait of her great-great-aunt, Accardi focuses the view onto the female ancestral line. The use of transparent foil establishes a connection between the flat wall and the space. Carla Accardi constantly sought to distance herself from two-dimensional painting. By aiming to extend the picture-plane, she managed to create a spatial dimension within her oeuvre…
In 1961, when Accardi joined the Continuitá group, she reintegrated color into her paintings and began painting on transparent sicofoil plastic instead of canvas. She showcased these new strategies at the 1964 Venice Biennale, where she was given her own room. By the mid-1960s, she was using these new materials sculpturally. Tenda (1965) and Triplice Tenda (1969) feature sheets of plastic assembled into a tent and covered with brightly colored brushstroke patterns. This phase of Accardi’s oeuvre, which was celebrated in the Ambiente/Arte section of the 1976 Venice Biennale, would prove influential for the Arte Povera [more] movement of the late 1960s and 1970s…
The period of liberation in Italy after World War II allowed artists a renewed freedom, both literally and artistically. In 1945, Carla Accardi moved from her native Sicily to the artistic center of Rome, where she and several other artists, including Piero Dorazio and Giulio Turcato, organized themselves into a group they called Forma 1, dedicated to pursuing abstract art…