Alberto Burri

Turin Triennial

This exhibition of Alberto Burri’s work consisted of 20 large paintings, entitled Opere Recenti Cellotex (New works cellotex), created specifically for the occasion. Each individual canvas was the supporting element for a structure of forms and colors with which the artist constructed the space. The internal design of the forms evoked the first images painted by Burri in the late ’40s, while their architectural layout created a bridge to his plastic, burlap, and cracked-surface pieces. A fundamental element of these new works can be perceived within the physical and theoretical structure of the paintings. The surface of the cellotex (an impasto of wood chips, generally used in industry) is both the support for the painting and the painting itself. The large white, black, red, and blue fields of the painted forms are excavated in infinitesimal depths, bringing forth tonal variations in the

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