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(1915 – 1995), Italy

Alberto Burri Biography

Alberto Burri’s artistic career lasted for exactly fifty years, from 1945, the year of his first experiments till 1995, the year of his death. His initial training as a figurative painter was short and had already ended by 1947.

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His abstract work can be divided into two categories: the first is surfaces, irregular and uneven, sometimes steep, underlining life in the various materials (sacks, wood, metals and plastic) with their rough surfaces: the second is more even and smooth, interwoven with colour, that can assume an exclusive role, the pattern of materials: only now is their value recognised for their vibrant tones and not just for the drama of their shape, these are shown more uniform, even if rough or porous. During the seventies a change is distinguishable in the passage from “clefts” to “cellotex”. What does not change is the stillness and wideness of the picture, that sense of space that is always tense and compact. Initially in more tormented forms, after they are smoother and more relaxed, it always expresses the same plastic vigour.

The apparition of “sacks” at the start of the fifties triggered an enormous scandal. It was an absolute and disturbing novelty, the following series generated the same disturbance, from wood to plastic, even if the more intuitive press didn’t miss out underlining its’ beauty. As a matter of fact, none of the other pictorial researches of the fifties, in Europe and in the rest of the world, presented more qualitative capacity.
Nor are they comparable to Burri’s works for radical linguistic novelty, also considering his forerunning of the American artists that will form New Dada and Pop Art movements. Artists which were as a matter of fact were influenced and stimulated by Burri, or anticipated. Examples? In a 1949 pattern of the American flag, which will be so important to Jasper Johns, will already be present. The “Hunched” paintings, meaning that the canvas is pushed forwards by a simple metal armour (sometimes it’s a tree branch) stuck in the frame, they anticipate the research in the “shaped canvas”, meaning pictures conceived as three dimensional structures, of canvas with an internal armour.

Alberto Burri Featured Artworks

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Cretto by Alberto Burri contemporary artwork mixed media
Alberto BurriCretto, 1976Acrovinyl on Celotex
25.7 x 16.5 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Nero Cretto by Alberto Burri contemporary artwork mixed media
Alberto BurriNero Cretto, 1970Acrovinyl on Celotex
70 x 100 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Muffa by Alberto Burri contemporary artwork painting
Alberto BurriMuffa, 1951Oil, pumice and vinavil on canvas
43 x 56 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Sacco by Alberto Burri contemporary artwork painting, textile
Alberto BurriSacco, 1956Oil and Vinavil on burlap and canvas
69.8 x 40 cm (incl frame)
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Combustion by Alberto Burri contemporary artwork sculpture
Alberto BurriCombustion, 1968Plastic, vinavil, and combustion on cellotex
52 x 30 cm
Robilant+Voena Contact Gallery
Combustion by Alberto Burri contemporary artwork sculpture
Alberto BurriCombustion, 1968Plastic, vinavil and combustion on cellotex
52 x 30 cm
Robilant+Voena Contact Gallery
COMBUSTIONE PLASTICA by Alberto Burri contemporary artwork sculpture
Alberto BurriCOMBUSTIONE PLASTICA, 1967Plastic, combustion on iron stretcher
60 x 90 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire
Cellotex (Celotex) by Alberto Burri contemporary artwork mixed media
Alberto BurriCellotex (Celotex), 1991Cellotex, acrylic, and vinavil on plywood
70 x 100 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire

Alberto Burri Recent Exhibitions

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Alberto Burri Represented By

Mazzoleni contemporary art gallery in Turin, Italy Mazzoleni London, Turin
Robilant+Voena contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Robilant+Voena London, Milan, New York, Paris

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