Both: Alberto Burri's Nero Cellotex, 1986-1987
Though he'd previously used the foam material as a support for his paintings, in 1975 he began to treat Cellotex as a subject. Between 1986 and '87 he sculpted and shaped textured reliefs from 4' x 8' black Cellotex boards framed by layered acrylic arcs. The 10 paintings on display, which have never been shown in the US, are worth pausing over and soaking in, preferably during the daylight hours. Black, it seems, is still the new black.
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Photos: courtesy Fondazione Palazzo lbizzini Collezione Burri ©2013 Artists Rights Society ARS), New York/ SIAE, Rome.