Painting, sculpture and architecture coalesce in the large-scale monochromatic works of Enrico Castellani (first picture), on display from February 9 to April 8 at Dominique Lévy gallery in Mayfair. The exhibition is the first solo show in London for an artist considered one of the most important figures of the European postwar avant-garde.
Works on display span Castellani’s five-decade-long career and reflect his background in architecture, early interaction with Gallery Azimuth and the Zero group – those staunch proponents of freeing art from colour, emotion or expression – and the influence of Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian and Lucio Fontana. They will range from such pieces as the shaped relief Superfici Bianche (White Surfaces) canvases (third and fourth pictures) – a series he started making in 1959 and continues to this day – to the more recent metallic Biangolare Cromato (Bi-angular Chrome) and Angolare Chromate (Angular Chrome) (second picture) works – which will be displayed in the gallery’s corners as a series of interrelated pieces.
Castellani’s Spartito (or “musical score”) – a sculpture originally conceived in 1969 and reimagined in 2004 – will be exhibited for the first time in London. The undulating, streamlined form was created using hundreds of sheets of plain paper bolted together, and will be positioned to complement the structure and form of the Superfici series.
Drained of colour and with a cold confidence, the pieces promise to create a haunting scenescape.