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Mimmo Rotella

Knoedler & Company

To announce its new representation of the estate of Mimmo Rotella (1918–2006), Knoedler & Company mounted a survey focusing on the artist’s paintings of the 1950s and ’60s, a period of intense international avant-garde cross-pollination. Like many Italian painters who came of age at that time, Rotella began as a postwar abstractionist whose work was still marked by a certain late Futurist vigor. Adjuring the Neorealist strand of Italian art that also emerged following the war and inspired by his growing cognizance of contemporary American developments, Rotella sloughed off this
 dutiful mode and by the late ’50s had
 discovered the potential of the torn
 street poster as a hybrid form of painting. Along with Raymond Hains,
 Jacques Villeglé, and François Dufrêne,
 Rotella became an affichiste (though in 
Rotella’s case the less familiar term
 affichisto is also correct). The principal


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