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Piero Dorazio Dies at Seventy-Seven

Piero Dorazio, who died on Tuesday at the age of seventy-seven, The Telegraph reports, was one of the leading figures in modern painting in Italy, and responsible for reviving the Futurist and Abstract movements. Dorazio's work owed much to his early association in New York with figures such as Clement Greenberg, the critic responsible for promoting abstract expressionism, and with leading practitioners in the field, such as Clyfford Still, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. But Dorazio's own paintings tended also to draw heavily on the techniques of Concrete Art and the Futurists, and his later work was centered on large pieces which created structural reductions of form, particularly by utilizing primary color fields to explore the decorative possibilities of linear and plane compositions.