15 October 2015 / 6:30 pm
Alberto Burri – The Trauma of Painting at
The Young Fiends of FAI attended a private, after-hours guided visit of “Alberto Burri, the Trauma of Painting,” the first major US retrospective dedicated to the Italian artist in over 35 years. Best known for his series of “Sacchi” Compositions (1949-1955) made of stitched and patched remnants of torn burlap bags, Alberto Burri is considered one of the most innovative figures in post-World War II Italian art. Bringing together morethan 100 pieces, the exhibition reconstructs all the phases of Burri’s work, from the “Gobbi” (Hunchbacks) and Bianchi (Whites) early compositions of the 1950s, to his last “Cellotex” series, created during the late 1980s. The Guggenheim’s masterful exhibition highlights Burri’s ability to blur the line between painting and sculptural relief, thus creating a new kind of “picture-object” that directly influenced the Neo-Dada, Process art, and Arte Povera movements.