new-york

View of “Painting in Italy 1910s–1950s: Futurism, Abstraction, Concrete Art,” 2015–16. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

“Painting in Italy 1910s–1950s: Futurism, Abstraction, Concrete Art”

Sperone Westwater

View of “Painting in Italy 1910s–1950s: Futurism, Abstraction, Concrete Art,” 2015–16. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

Most persons committed to modern art possess at least a passing acquaintance with such proper nouns as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, F. T. Marinetti, and Carlo Carrà—and with Futurism itself, the Biggest Bang of Italian modernism. How wonderful, then, to encounter this exhibition of some 120 works by more than thirty Italian artists working between 1910 and 1950, artists whose names are virtually unknown except to specialists.

One such individual is the international art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone, whose collection comprises the heart of this exhibition, to which has been added numerous works borrowed from public and private sources. Since most of these paintings are modestly scaled, many, on a piece-by-piece examination, are perhaps less gripping than when they are viewed in concert. Exquisitely hung within the glistening confines of Sperone Westwater, the show is accompanied

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the March 2016 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.