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Arnaldo Pomodoro, "Gray Study", 1968 Geometric Abstraction
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(Italian, b. 1926)
Gray Study, 1968
mixed media collage on paper with deckled edges
edition 69/100, signed A. Pomodoro and dated (lower right). Bears publishers' distinctive chop mark.
30 x 22 inches
Provenance: Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago
Rare large mixed media print from the late Sixties by one of the world's foremost sculptors. This work is in excellent condition.
Recipient of the ISC's Lifetime Achievement Award. Arnaldo Pomodoro is represented by Marlborough Gallery.
Arnaldo Pomodoro was born in 1926, in Morciano, Emilia Romagna, Italy. In 1954 Pomodoro moved to Milan, where he met artists such as Enrico Baj, Sergio Dangelo, Lucio Fontana, and others. His work was first exhibited that year at the Galleria Numero in Florence and at the Galleria Montenapoleone in Milan. Pomodoro visited New York in 1956 and traveled around Europe in 1958. While in Paris in 1959 he met Alberto Giacometti and Georges Mathieu, before returning to the United States where he organized exhibitions of contemporary Italian art at the Bolles Gallery in New York and San Francisco. In New York the following year Pomodoro met Louise Nevelson and David Smith. He helped found the Continuità group in Italy in 196162. The sculptor traveled to Brazil on the occasion of his participation in the 1963 São Paulo Bienal, where he was awarded the International Sculpture Prize. A solo show of his work was included in the Venice Biennale of 1964. In 1965 he was given the first of many solo exhibitions at the Marlborough galleries in New York and Rome. The artist taught at Stanford University in 1966. In 1967 Pomodoro was represented in the Italian Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal, and he received a prize at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. In 1968 he taught at the University of California at Berkeley. Since the mid-1970s, Pomodoro has continued to gain renown for his unique engagement with fundamental geometric shapes, notably the column, cube, pyramid, sphere, and disc. His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at major museums, including Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville in Paris (1976), University Art Museum at University of California in Berkeley (1981), Columbus Museum of Art (1984), Hakone Open Air Museum in Kanagawa (1994), Centre of Arts in Cairo (1997), and Palazzo Magnani in Reggio Emilia (2005). In 1988 Pomodoro was invited to create a one-room installation for the Venice Biennale. The Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, founded in 1995, for which Pomodoro serves as director, has been dedicated to the exhibition and funding of artists for over a decade. Pomodoro lives and works in Milan.