Alberto Burri

Portrait

Born in 1915 in Citta di Castello (Italy), died in 1995
 

By combining abstract shapes and recycled elements, sometimes deliberately burnt or torn, Alberto Burri gives us hybrid objects. Full of holes and stained black by fire, the transparent plastic of Plastica regains materiality through destruction. Unlike the tools traditionally used by painters, fire removes matter from the work and thus highlights the material itself. Quite different from Marcel Duchamp’s Grand Verre, it is, as Pierre Restany wrote in 1962, “outsider art subjected to the spirit of geometry."

 

©Aurelio Amendola

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