Antonio Calderara: Painting Infinity
London, 19 January – 17 February 2018
“I would like to paint the void that contains completeness, silence and light. I would like to paint the infinite” – Antonio Calderara
Lisson Gallery now represents the estate of the Italian painter Antonio Calderara (1903 – 1978) and will present his inaugural exhibition with the gallery in London on 19 January 2018. Featuring key works from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, the exhibition will highlight an important period in Calderara’s practice, namely his shift from figuration to abstraction. Encompassing oil paintings and works on paper, the exhibition will be accompanied by a publication that outlines this period of Calderara’s life and career.
Self-taught as a child growing up in Milan, and later mentored for a time by a young Lucio Fontana, Calderara’s earliest influences were of the figuration and light effects of Piero della Francesca, Seurat and the Milanese Novecento painters. After abandoning his university studies in engineering in 1925 the young man dedicated himself fully to experimenting with colour and form. Through portraiture, landscapes and still lifes, Calderara depicted the people, scenes and objects of his native Italy – all suffused by a delicate, misty light inspired by the atmospheric glow of Lake Orta in Vacciago, where the artist moved in 1934 with his wife Carmela, and where he would work for most of his life.Read more
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