Carla Accardi

Magazzino Roma

Carla Accardi began her career as a painter in the late ’40s, and her work has shown ceaseless vitality ever since. When the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris simultaneously hosted a retrospective of her work and a group show of young painters last year, it was Accardi who came across as the youngest in spirit. Her pictorial marks are energetic elements that imbue the surface with dynamism and the luminous power of color.

In the ’60s Accardi experimented with the additive law of pictorial color, according to which two contrasting tones of the same strength increase in luminosity when juxtaposed. The artist thus delineated marks of one color on surfaces uniformly treated with another. The lines where the two tones come into contact seem to emit a brilliant light that can make these abstract canvases hard to look at. Then, beginning in the mid-’60s, she began making brightly colored

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