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Exhibition at Di Donna Galleries highlights the early career of the Italian artist Nuvolo
Nuvolo (Giorgio Ascani), Untitled, 1959. Sewn canvas and fabric, 71 by 100 cm (28 by 39⅜ in.). Private collection.

NEW YORK, NY.- Di Donna Galleries is presenting Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965, an exhibition curated by Germano Celant that highlights the early career of the Italian artist Nuvolo (né Giorgio Ascani; 1926–2008). Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965 features 20 works by Nuvolo, most of which have never been seen outside of Italy, contextualized by important works by other artists working in Italy, Spain, France, and the United States following World War II, including Alberto Burri, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Addie Herder, Piero Manzoni, Conrad Marca-Relli, Manolo Millares, Mimmo Rotella, Angelo Savelli, Salvatore Scarpitta, Toti Scialoja, Antoni Tàpies, and Cy Twombly.

Nuvolo was born in the town of Città di Castello in northern Umbria; he moved to Rome in 1950 at the suggestion of Alberto Burri. After World War II, the artistic culture in Italy was characterized by a clash between the tradition of figuration and new modes of abstraction, and by a proliferation of artistic and theoretical movements incentivized by a young generation of artists and by a new international exchange of ideas. Through Burri, Nuvolo met artists who shared an interest in suppressing the use of the paintbrush and developing uses for unconventional materials toward a new type of process-driven abstraction.

Working within a two-dimensional, rectangular format typically associated with easel painting, Nuvolo introduced new techniques that relied on tension and textural variation, using a range of materials that include commonplace textiles as well as deerskin. In the late 1950s he began to produce his first improvisational works using a motorized sewing machine. These constructions, which are termed “cuciti a macchina”, consist of fragments of his own clothing or other dyed fabric, which were stretched over canvas or collaged into abstract compositions and occasionally enhanced with paint. Nuvolo’s “daini” series comprises segments of deerskin sewn together into loose grids. Nuvolo also used the sewing machine to create evocative drawings made of stitched thread on unprimed canvas—works that constitute his “diagrammi” series.

Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965 features compelling examples from the cuciti a macchina, daini, and diagrammi series, which collectively demonstrate the high level of variation Nuvolo achieved using quotidian materials and direct processes. In exhibiting these works alongside works by European and American artists who also used unconventional techniques and materials, Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965 documents Nuvolo’s role in radically redefining traditional notions of painting and sculpture by exploiting the physical properties of raw materials using unmediated processes.

Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965 brings together works of art from private collections as well as loans from museums and foundations such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Pinacoteca Comunale, Città di Castello; the MAC-Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Lissone; and the Fondazione Toti Scialoja, Rome. The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by Skira editore, Milan in collaboration with Di Donna Galleries. The publication features an essay by Germano Celant as well as a thorough chronology of Nuvolo’s artistic explorations, contextualized within the non-figurative trends of his contemporaries as they unfolded in Italy, Europe, and the United States. Supporting materials include historical documentation and texts by and about the artist, accompanied by a large selection of color illustrations featuring works by Nuvolo produced between 1952 and 1965.

Di Donna Galleries also announced the gallery’s exclusive representation of the Estate of Nuvolo, in close cooperation with the Associazione Archivio Nuvolo, which manages the artist’s legacy from his birthplace of Città di Castello. Di Donna Galleries is currently preparing a catalogue raisonné of Nuvolo’s entire oeuvre.

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