Verona, Italy

Pietro Consagra

Galleria dello Scudo/Museo di Castelvecchio

Pietro Consagra, who died in 2005, was one of the most interesting Italian artists working in abstract sculpture during the postwar period. “Necessità del colore: sculture e dipinti 1964–2000” (Necessity of Color: Sculptures and Paintings 1964–2000), the exhibition at Galleria dello Scudo, focused above all on work from the ’60s and ’70s. More of Consagra’s work, including some very large-scale pieces, could be seen concurrently at the Museo di Castelvecchio. Together, the gallery and the museum have published a weighty catalogue that documents in depth this rich creative phase in the artist’s career. In the ’60s, when he was well known in the United States and represented in galleries and museum collections, Consagra conquered color. After experimenting with burnt wood, he moved on to iron: He cut, curved, and welded together sheets of iron, painting them with a nitro varnish that he

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