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Giulio Turcato

Sperone Westwater

Giulio Turcato is one of the few postwar Italian artists (along with Carla Accardi and Emilio Vedova) to reconnect painting to its roots in prewar European abstraction. He has done so by developing a non-programmatic, improvisatory approach to composition, color, and materials. This open-ended attitude and receptivity has enabled him to build upon the work and thinking of André Masson and Wassily Kandinsky. One of the keys to Turcato’s accomplishment is his ability to employ mundane materials in a precise, yet imaginative manner. He has used both sand and a highly-refined crystalline powder to develop an uneven ground that switches from physical presence to reflective surface. Turcato’s use of these materials goes beyond the purely formal. Throughout his career, he has investigated a basic fundamental perception: the equation of a painting’s surface with skin. Within Turcato’s cosmology,

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