Carla ACCARDI Biography

Carla Accardi was one of the most original, versatile and influential Italian artists of the second post-war period and represents one of the most important and recognized figures of European abstractionism.
Carla (Carolina at the registry office) was born in Trapani in 1924, where she obtained the classical high school diploma at the Ximenes high school. Subsequently, he moved to Palermo to enroll at the Academy of Fine Arts, which he concluded in 1947. Shortly after, he moved to Rome where he began to frequent the sparkling Osteria Fratelli Magni, also known as Osteria dei Pittori, a historic meeting place for artists and intellectuals of the time.
Also in 1947 together with other artists such as Attardi, Dorazio, Consagra, Guerrini, Maugeri, Perilli and Sanfilippo (whom he will marry two years later) founded the Form group 1.
In the manifesto published in the Forma magazine, the group declares itself to be of a formalist and Marxist nature. Its exponents propose a structured but not realistic art, which aims to restore their primordial importance to form and sign, eliminating any symbolist or psychological pretense.
In the works of Carla Accardi, the foundations of painting are re-discussed trying to pour out one's own inner universe.
In this first artistic phase (well represented by the work Grigio e Colori), Carla Accardi succeeds in denying the Italian preconception of the time that inextricably linked form and composition to extremely recognizable contents.
Accardi, on the other hand, works on hardly decipherable forms, showing a lot of courage in experimenting and breaking down some male-dominated stereotypes. Throughout her career and her works, Carla Accardi will develop the themes of identity and female creativity. The "sign" of his first artistic phase is representative, in this sense, of an indecipherable language extraneous to the western context (artistic but also social) dominated by men. Subsequently, together with Elvira Banotti and Carla Lonzi, he will found the group of activists "Rivolta Female".
Accardi's individual artistic career officially began in 1950, when her first solo exhibition was held in the Age d'Or bookshop in Rome.
In 1951 he entered the rooms of the Salto Library in Milan, a favorite meeting place for the exponents of the MAC (Movement for Concrete Art).
In 1955 he held his own personal exhibition at the San Marco Gallery in Rome. Also in 1955 she obtained a good international response, being invited by Michel Tapié to the International Review Individuality of Today, at the Galerie Rive Droite in Paris.
Starting from 1957, he gradually abandoned color and created the so-called Integrations where white flickers on black, becoming pure light.
From 1960 onwards Carla Accardi resumed using color, in works such as Blu Concentric.
In 1965 the painter started a process of artistic and conceptual revolution. In fact, abandon the tempera and start using colored and fluorescent paints. Above all, he abandons the square form, working on transparent plastic supports, so as to exploit and involve more space. Tenda (1966) is one of the most interesting and original works of this period.
In the seventies he proposes a painting made up of repeated geometries on the so-called Lenzuoli, which he presented in 1974 at the Editalia Gallery in Rome.
In the early Eighties he definitely returned to traditional canvas.
In 1997 he joined the Commission for the Venice Biennale, as a councilor.
On 23 February 2014 following a sudden illness, he died at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. The funeral took place five days later, at the Carroccio room in the Campidoglio.


EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013 Sculptures, drawings, images and documents. March 2 - April 19. Musma. Matera
  • 2012 Lose the threads of the voice. June 29 - October 2. Castelbasso.
  • 2011 Sign and transparency. February 6 - June 12. Valle Palace. Catania.
  • 2010 Carla Accardi. May 10 - June 6. Haunch of Venison. New York
  • 2010 Space Rhythm Color. 1 December - 27 February 2011. Bilotti Museum. Rome
  • 2009 Shadows on the walls. April 28 - May 30. Bonomo Gallery. Rome
  • 2008 Ceramic surface. September 4 - September 28. MMOMA. fly
  • 2007. Carla Accardi. October 25 - November 24. Galerie Greta Meert. Brussels
  • 2006 Signs and glimpses. March 18 - May 6. Minimi Gallery. Brescia
  • 2005 Carla Accardi. January 8 - February 19. Sperone Gallery and New York University. NY
  • 2004 Carla Accardi. May 15 - June 3. Galerie Meert Rihoux. Brussels
  • 2004 Carla Accardi. October 21 - November 28. Mala galerija. Ljubljana.
  • 2003 They lay scattered. March 28 - April 30. Warehouse of Modern Art. Rome
  • 2002 Carla Accardi. January 17 - March 3. Ville de Paris, Paris
  • 2001 Carla Accardi. May 8 - July 15. Newsstand Night. Rome
  • 2001 Triple Curtain. May 20 - September 3. Contemporary Art Center. New York
  • 2001 Accardi, Artist of the Year award. 4 August - 22 September - Crepadona Palace and Civic Gallery. Belluno and Cortina d'Ampezzo.
  • 2000. Sicofil. May 27 - September 15. Minnini Gallery. Brescia.
  • 1999 Trasparences. September 9- Studio Simonis. Paris.
  • 1998 Installation for children. February 4 - May 3. Rivoli Castle. Rivoli.
  • 1997 Orange environment. June 4 - July 12. Galerie Meert Rihoux. Brussels.
  • 1996 Floating games and transparencies. September 7 - October 5. Peccolo Gallery. Livorno.
  • 1995 Carla Accardi. September 7 - October 22. Kunstverein. Kunstverein.
  • 1992 Carla Accardi. March 29 - May 10. Pieroni Gallery. Rome.
  • 1992 Carla Accardi. April 4 - June 10. Westend Galerie. Frankfurt.
  • 1990 Cheerful daytime colors. March 20 - April 28. Menzio Gallery. Turin.
  • 1989 Accardi. January 27 - March 4. Galerie di Meo. Paris
  • 1989 Carla Accardi .. February 26 - April 16. Civic Gallery. Modena.
  • 1988 Biennial International Art Exhibition. June 26 - September 24. Castle Gardens. Venice.
  • 1987 Recent Works. March 5 - March 31. Million Gallery. Milan.
  • 1986 Accardi. December 21 - January 25, 1987. City Palace. Acireale.
  • 1985 Plastics. June 18 - July 18. Italian Cultural Institute. Madrid
  • 1984 Carla Accardi Works. May 23 - June 30. Editalia Gallery. Rome.
  • 1983 Thirty-five works on paper. May 12 - June 30. Millennium Gallery. Rome.
  • 1982 The field of taking away. From 24 April. Modern Art Agency. Rome.
  • 1981 Carla Accardi. From 3 February. Menzio Gallery. Turin.
  • 1980 Carla Accardi. From 18 April. Studio Betti. Milan.
  • 1978 Carla Accardi. From February 14. Studio Betti. Milan.
  • 1976 Origin. From 25 May. Cooperative of Via Beato Angelico. Rome.
  • 1975 Carla Accardi. From 1 February. Studio Fiori. Florence.
  • 1974 Seven Sheets. May 8 - May 31. Editalia Gallery. Rome.
  • 1972 Carla Accardi. 14 December - 8 January 1973. Galerie L'Atelier. Rabat.
  • 1970 Accardi. February 12 - March 10. La Polena Gallery. Genoa.
  • 1968 Accardi. From 28 March. Marlborough Gallery. Rome.
  • 1966 Carla Accardi. September 16 - October 31. Galerie M.E. Thelen. Essen
  • 1965 Accardi 55/64. March 16 - April 17. Galerie Standler. Paris.
  • 1964 Accardi. October 16 - November 15. News Gallery. Turin.
  • 1961 Carla Accardi Recent paintings. June 5 - June 24. New Vision Center. London
  • 1961 Carla Accardi. May 23 - June 10. Parma Gallery. New York.
  • 1960 Paintings by Carla Accardi. From 1 February. News Gallery. Turin.
  • 1959 Paintings and tempera. From February 5th. News Gallery. Turin.
  • 1959 Accardi Recent Works. From December 9th. La Salita Gallery. Rome.
  • 1958 Accardi. Peinteures récentes. From 7 June. L'Entrance Galerie. Lausanne.
  • 1957 Accardi. From 4 October. Aries Gallery. Milan.
  • 1955 Accardi. June 16 - June 30. San Marco Gallery. Rome.
  • 1952 Personal exhibition. From 23 April. Contemporary Art Gallery. Florence.
  • 1952 Carla Accardi. July 5 - July 23. Cavallino Gallery. Venice.
  • 1950 15 tempera. November 16 - December 1. Galeria Age d'Or. Rome.