The Experience of Colour: Astrazione Oggettiva

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

13 April – 31 July 2016

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Exploring a little-known, yet remarkably experimental, Italian art movement of the 20th century that focused on the effect of colour.

Unlike the Objective Abstraction of various British artists of the 1930s, Astrazione Oggettiva is the term used to describe the work of a small Italian collective active in the 1970s who saw colour as their main topic of enquiry and through it sought to develop analytical methods of painting that contested what they saw as the superficiality of contemporary culture.

The resulting works are bold, yet sparse, abstractions that in some cases – for example Giuseppe Wenter Marini's soft-hued, shaded panels – resemble the work of Bridget Riley or Josef Albers’ 1963 Interaction of Colour project. Others, meanwhile, such as Luigi Senesi's graduated chromatic structures, look like futuristic rainbows that intersect art and graphic design.

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