Enrico Castellani | the artist
The artist Enrico Castellani
Born 1930, Castelmassa, Italy.
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As one of Italy's most celebrated living artists, Castellani is known for his poetic, constant and rigorous style, defining what art critics have called a "different repetition." Castellani, along with Yves Klein, was identified by Donald Judd as one of the most important European precursors of minimalism and conceptualism. After brief periods of an informal style followed by a series of modified canvases that bend and swell and that were inspired by the work of Lucio Fontana, Castellani arrived in 1959 at a mode of visual expression that has remained true in his style up to the present day…
The works date from 2008 and 2009, and are mixed with early paintings and sculptures from the 1960's, and consistently invoke a decidedly raw type of beauty. As for his place in the canon, Castellani, along with Yves Klein, was identified by Donald Judd as one of the most important European precursors to minimalism and conceptualism. Certainly it holds up the crypto-spiritual weightiness of Judd-inspired installations at Dia:Beacon and Marfa. It's well matched at the gallery, a white cube suspended twenty stories above Midtown Manhattan.