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Turin

Salvatore Scarpitta

GAM - Galleria
via Magenta, 31
March 9 - June 3

Curated by Germano Celant and Danilo Eccher

Salvatore Scarpitta (1919–2007) may have been born in Brooklyn and raised in LA, but according to the patrons and fans who long supported him in Italy, he was also a card-carrying Italian. Now, after an absence of several years from Italian public institutions, Scarpitta returns with a major exhibition in Turin. More commonly known for his sculptural engagement with sleds and cars (which he also raced), he is poised—via a thoughtfully researched selection of approximately sixty pieces made between 1957 and 2000—to be understood anew as an innovative agent of painting. The catalogue includes essays by Scarpitta scholars Fabrizio D’Amico, Riccardo Passoni, and Luigi Sansone, as well as the curators.

Translated from Italian by Marguerite Shore.