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Fortunato Depero, Cavalcata fantastica (Fantastical Ride), 1920, wool on burlap backing, 12' 4“ x 7' 9 1/4”.

Fortunato Depero

CIMA - Center for Italian Modern Art

Fortunato Depero, Cavalcata fantastica (Fantastical Ride), 1920, wool on burlap backing, 12' 4“ x 7' 9 1/4”.

CIMA, the Center for Italian Modern Art, is a research resource that opened this past February in New York City. Its inaugural exhibition, which remains open until June 28, focuses on Fortunato Depero (1892–1960), a second-tier figure within Futurism, a first-tier art movement. Depero is a particularly apt opening choice, since his career is punctuated by two American sojourns, the first between 1928 and 1930, when his stylish fusion of Futurist motifs and Art Deco design seemed to predict a certain success here in skyscraper New York. The stock-market crash dashed those hopes. Following World War II, Depero briefly returned to the US, to New Milford, Connecticut, of all places, then still a milk stop for the state’s waning dairy industry.

A provincial from Rovereto, in the Trentino region of Italy, Depero arrived in Rome in 1913, a bit after the glory years of Futurism; there, he

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