Milan

Dadamaino, Volume, 1958, tempera on canvas, 27 1/2 × 19 3/4".

Dadamaino, Volume, 1958, tempera on canvas, 27 1/2 × 19 3/4".

Dadamaino

A arte Invernizzi

Dadamaino, Volume, 1958, tempera on canvas, 27 1/2 × 19 3/4".

This revelatory exhibition of the work of the Italian painter Dadamaino (1930–2004) was organized chronologically, presenting sequential stages in the self-taught artist’s compelling career. Thirty-nine works produced over forty-three years evinced the artist’s persistent formal inquiry, making a case for the notion that a concept can be constantly rediscovered and made relevant anew.

Dadamaino’s artistic debut took place in Milan in 1958, amid the vibrant international context of the neo-avant-garde group Azimuth. The core members of this collective, Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni, founded the seminal homonymous journal and the gallery Azimut in 1959. Her work presaged the Minimalist poetics of the subsequent decade, and while she is only now gaining acknowledgment (her work was featured in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s major 2014 survey “ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow,

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