Milan

Pino Pinelli, Pittura R (Painting R), 1974, triptych, acrylic on canvas, each part 90 1⁄2 × 35 3⁄8".

Pino Pinelli, Pittura R (Painting R), 1974, triptych, acrylic on canvas, each part 90 1⁄2 × 35 3⁄8".

Pino Pinelli

Dep Art Gallery

The show, “Monocromo (1973–1976): Il colore come destino e come profezia” (Monochrome [1973–1976]: Color as Destiny and as Prophecy) presented a rare occasion to revisit the early work of the Italian artist Pino Pinelli, who in the early 1970s played a leading role in developing a new, distinctive way of interpreting monochromy, one of the emblematic manifestations of twentieth-century painting. From the beginning, Pinelli’s intention was to avoid any symbolic or expressive reference and instead to redefine painting in terms of concreteness and physicality, by treating color itself as a material with the potential to expand beyond the two-dimensional realm. This exhibition retraced a crucial three-year period that led the artist, in 1976, to develop the form of expression for which he is now best known: the “dissemination” of chromatic shapes arranged on the wall in dynamic sequences.

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