Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950-1965
Di Donna Galleries is pleased to present Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965, an exhibition curated by Germano Celant that highlights the early career of the Italian artist Nuvolo (né Giorgio Ascani; 1926–2008). The exhibition features 20 works by Nuvolo, most of which have never been seen outside of Italy, contextualized by important works by other artists working in Italy, Spain, France, and the United States following World War II, including Alberto Burri, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Addie Herder, Piero Manzoni, Conrad Marca-Relli, Manolo Millares, Mimmo Rotella, Angelo Savelli, Salvatore Scarpitta, Toti Scialoja, Antoni Tàpies, and Cy Twombly.
Nuvolo was born in the town of Città di Castello in northern Umbria; he moved to Rome in 1950 at the suggestion of Alberto Burri. After World War II, the artistic culture in Italy was characterized by a clash between the tradition of figuration and new modes of abstraction, and by a proliferation of artistic and theoretical movements incentivized by a young generation of artists and by a new international exchange of ideas. Through Burri, Nuvolo met artists who shared an interest in suppressing the use of the paintbrush and developing uses for unconventional materials toward a new type of process-driven abstraction.