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Sale: 425 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 12./13. 2015 in Munich Lot 837

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Superficie bianca. 1979.
Relief. Acrylic paint over reliefed canvas.
Not in Wirz/Sardella. Signed, dated and titled on folded canvas. 80 x 100 cm (31.4 x 39.3 in). [JS].

The work is registered in the Archivio Castellani, Milan. We are grateful to Renata Wirz, Fondazione Castellani, for her kind support in cataloging this work.

PROVENANCE: Gallery 44, Düsseldorf (with label on stretcher).
Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (acquired from previously mentioned in 1983).

Castellani attained his very own treatment of the canvas in the work group "Superficie trapunte" made as of the 1960s. An approach that fundamentally put traditional concepts of image and composition in question and a way that helped him to overcome the image's two-dimensionality. This work is a prime example from this decisive work complex, which would soon make him famous. By means of nails that push against the canvas from the back and lift the canvas, Castellani modulates the monochrome surface and creates rhythmical-serial effects and an interesting play of light and shade. Different from his "ZERO" colleague Günther Uecker the nails appear just indirectly. The visbible material and technical intrusion on the work is reduced to a minimum. By scarcest means Castellani visualizes his the central theme, the relationship of light and space.
Enrico Castellani
Superficie bianca, 1979.
€ 200,000 / $ 226,000
€ 450,000 / $ 508.499

(incl. 25% surcharge)

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