AFRO-Gouaches and Paintings
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